The Ravens! claim their music is “straddling the lines of Post-Punk and riff-heavy Rock an anaesthetic to honour both”.... and I agree.
London, like most big cities has a thriving and awesome underground music scene and I’ll be the first to admit I’ve barely even scratched the surface of it, I hardly know where to even go these days to see the up and coming acts other than a couple of venues. Fortunately The Ravens! reached out to us and since I liked what I heard, I’m more than happy to share my thoughts on their debut EP.
The four claim their sound is “straddling the lines of Post-Punk and riff-heavy Rock an anaesthetic to honour both” and after extensively listening to The Ravens! I completely agree with them.
‘Fire’ kicks things off and is the lead single off The Ravens! and really sets the tone, the guitar fits perfectly with Giulia’s vocals, this song needs to be heard. I found ‘Do It Again’ a little darker in tone but has a Funky feel to it, it’s one of those rare Rock track I could actually dance to and I think would be amazing live, the bridge brings the heavy with distorted riffs, deep bass lines and almost Korn like drumming.
‘Come and Get Me’ was the first song I heard from The Ravens! and is one of my favourites, it’s not trying to be too technical for the sake of being technical, it grabs, keeps your attention and before you know it your toes are tapping and you find yourself singing along.
‘Lights On’ rounds out The Ravens! and I love the brief instrumental opening, before it cuts back a bit and the lyrics start up, with a sweet bass line and minimalistic drums during the verses, then it picks up the pace more during the chorus.
It’s only when you realise the pedigree of the group that you understand how they released such as awesome debut, these guys are no rookies, they’re veterans. Drummer Jimmy was attached to Ebony Bones, as was guitarist Robbie who also is a part of Afrikan Boy and Elephant 12, bassist Cheryl is with Queen Kwong and The Go! Team while singer Giulia used to be the vocalist for You Love Her Cos She’s Dead (what a cool ass name!).
The Ravens! formed back in January of 2016 and they’ve played plenty of shows before finally releasing this EP. Sadly I missed out on their recent touring cycle and from what I’m reading they are currently on other projects at the moment, but I have no fear that I’ll be hearing something from them sooner rather than later, and personally I can’t wait.