Having already hooked us in with singles ‘Slaughterhouse,’ ‘Scatterbrain,’ and ‘Computer Patient,’ we wouldn’t expect anything less than excellence from the Adelaide grunge four-piece on their debut EP Code One, and we haven’t been let down. It seems even the SA Police can’t touch these guys (see video at bottom of page).
Rounding off the EP is bouncy ‘Lush Life’ and the standout eight minute closing track ‘No Room To Grow,’ which sees the band explore a mixture of dry guitars and huge, riff-heavy choruses that are stylisticlly reminiscent of grunge pioneers Slint. Singer Tom Matheson’s vocals creep into your ear and crawl around as he switches between drawled verses and coarsely howled choruses.
Guitarist Colby Robertson, who recorderd and mixed Code One, explains how their process in creating the EP was one of trial and error. “We would record a song, have a space of time between tracking and mixing, play the song more live, listen back to the recording and realise we’re now better at playing it live than the recording. We’ve always considered ourselves a live band and needed to do our best to cross that world over with the studio world, which we enjoy as its own thing. Ultimately we’re just happy to be able to release something we’re proud of, and move forward with our sound from now and beyond.”
Siamese have certainly built a reputation as a forceful live act, landing supports with the likes of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, POND and Ceres, and thankfully they have just announced the will be taking Code One on a national tour – info and tickets here.
SA cops respond to noise complaint by joining Siamese for rendition of Metallica classic Enter Sandman.