EX PEO­PLE

All doom, no gloom

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise - WORDS: ADAM REES

“hav­ing more di­ver­sity in metal is def­i­nitely a cause we’d like to get be­hind,” en­thuses Ex Peo­ple vo­cal­ist Laura. No, we’re not do­ing the whole ‘WOMEN IN A ROCK BAND!’ thing, but thanks to their back­ground in the Lon­don punk and riot gr­rrl scenes, this doom crew are a truly unique propo­si­tion. Though they ad­mit those com­mu­ni­ties were more in­clu­sive and di­verse, Laura and drum­mer Vicki are also ea­ger to stress the ac­cep­tance they’ve since seen in the Bri­tish metal un­der­ground, es­pe­cially from la­bel­mates Throne and Black Moth on New Heavy Sounds, through which their cap­ti­vat­ing de­but Bird has just been re­leased.

The four mem­bers’ ex­pe­ri­ences in less heavy out­fits has cer­tainly im­bued Bird with a range of flavours and, above all, melodic sen­si­bil­i­ties and tra­di­tional struc­tures. While Laura is also keen to in­clude her love of none-more-doom dystopian and apoc­a­lyp­tic sce­nar­ios in her lyrics, the vo­cal­ist found room to stick to her roots and talk about more so­cially con­scious sub­jects, given con­clu­sive weight when backed by the gut­tural riffs and ugly bass of band­mates Calum and Ed.

“With­out was in­spired by peo­ple who talk over you and don’t let you say what you’re think­ing. It was ba­si­cally a call for peo­ple to think before they speak. You Creep was about men catcalling women on the street and tak­ing a stand against that,” she ex­plains. “I draw on things that make me an­gry and I want to change, so a lot of it is pos­i­tive and about tak­ing a stand de­spite the music be­ing dark. I’m also ob­sessed with dystopian fic­tion, so I take in­spi­ra­tion from re­al­ity and fic­tion in equal doses.”

Whether it’s the pro­voked dirge of With­out, the punchy croon of Surekill or the in­fec­tious rum­ble of Not A Drill, the al­bum is a re­mark­ably di­verse opus from a band who are still learn­ing how to flex their cre­ative mus­cles. De­spite only form­ing two years ago, Vicki ex­plains that the evo­lu­tion the band have made since their first noisy for­ays is sim­ply down to a de­sire for a tra­di­tional ap­proach.

“When we started off, we tried a few dif­fer­ent things and aimed for a more noisy, droney and abra­sive sound. We just ended up mov­ing to­wards the shorter struc­tures and catchier stuff.”

“We’ve grad­u­ally al­most given into our urges to write more tra­di­tional, ac­ces­si­ble vo­cals and struc­tures, which I think we were re­press­ing a bit at the be­gin­ning,” says Laura in agree­ment. “Hav­ing been in riot gr­rrl bands and even pop acts, I just re­ally en­joy writ­ing good, catchy melodies. Even over our heav­ier, slower gui­tars and riffs I can’t help my­self.”

As both fan and band take en­joy­ment from Bird, it’s cer­tainly a good thing they suc­cumbed.

“WE MAKE DOOM SONGS ABOUT CATCALLING”

Bird is out now via new Heavy sounds

Ex Peo­ple: set to take flight with the

re­lease of their de­but al­bum, Bird

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