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The Family Rain - Hunger Sauce EP (Review)

The Family Rain, Hunger Sauce EP

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

HAVING impressed with their latest LP, Under The Volcano The Family Rain continue their march towards the same kind of indie-rock status as the likes of Kasabian with new EP Hunger Sauce.

Comprised of four tracks, this is another brash showcase of their guitar-driven, attitude spewing songwriting – and it rocks.

Recorded with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Band Of Skulls, The Maccabees), this is another confident collection of tracks that have already been showcased to positive effect during their live dates.

Lead single You Should Be Glad You’ve Got A Man is a volatile mix of Kasabian, James and Arctic Monkeys that positively glistens, complete with throbbing bassline, livewire synths and a catchy chorus that proclaims: “You should be glad you’ve got a man who keeps coming back to you.” It’s the very definition of anthemic and clearly designed to be a stadium filler.

It’s matched by the equally livewire We Are In Love, which opens amid a catchy guitar hook before hitting you with another chant-along chorus (“we are in love, we just don’t know it yet” and “we are in love, it’s the best it can get”). On this occasion, the guitars really do take centre-stage and even have a classic rock vibe to them, akin to bands like The Doors. The tambourine-clap beats should also get those hips swinging.

Tarantula employs a stop-start guitar riff to begin with and is another of those songs that bears favourable comparison to the epic sound of Kasabian, complete with brash vocals and a big chorus that befits the bite of its subject. It’s kick-ass cool.

The one weak link is Punch Bowl but that’s only a minor criticism as the song isn’t bad, merely a slightly underwhelming way to finish when, perhaps, we should have got something even bigger. It’s a song that never quite catches fire in the same way as the EP’s trio of best moments.

Nevertheless, Hunger Sauce makes you, erm, hungry to hear more from The Family Rain. These boys are great.

Download picks: We Are In Love, You Should Be Glad You’ve Got A Man, Tarantula

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Track listing:

  1. You Should Be Glad You’ve Got A Man
  2. We Are In Love
  3. Tarantula
  4. Punch Bowl