Written by: The Administrator
In lieu of a lengthy intro, let me just state that Toronto's own Tumble have absolutely knocked it out of the park with this debut two track EP. Bringing proto-metal groove and a vivacious energy to the retro hard rock aesthetic, this three piece makes a strong opening statement with Lady Cadaver.
Side A is catchy and frenetic in a fashion that is instantly gripping. The central riff is an absolute doozy. The vocals fit the mood and vintage vibe like a glove, dusty yet not without a subtle bite. There's a delightful sense of momentum. With all that said, the track's arguable strongest suit is the unexpected drum solo that slots neatly into the back half, providing an exciting and dramatic moment in the midst of a song that, for all intents and purposes, was already quite exciting and dramatic. When the riff comes back, reinvigorated, one can't help but smile.
The titular single's Side B consists of "The Plague," a wildly fun instrumental number with a tasteful textured psychedelic flair. Upon realizing that the vocals were never going to kick in, I admittedly did feel a brief flash of disappointment, as Liam Deak's work on the prior track was quite impressive. However, said disappointment was swiftly replaced by a certain admiration for Tumble's ability to write a wildly compelling up-tempo instrumental. This is a head banger and a foot tapper, the kind of song that whisks you through its breadth on the back of a rip-roaring current. "The Plague" is fast and engrossing, and pairs incredibly with the EP's main attraction.
This small but mighty release practically demands repeat listens. As such, what should be a sub-8 minute listen has, more often than not, become a solid half hour of time spent with Tumble. Despite having a veritable mountain of other music to explore, I'll hit repeat all damn day on this damn thing, and if that isn't an indication of quality, I don't know what is. Tumble have conjured up some very impressive stuff. Needless to say, I'm very excited to see what these talented Torontonians cook up next. My eyes and ears are appropriately peeled. In the meantime, Lady Cadaver comes highly recommended!
Tumble - Lady Cadaver was independently released May 5th. Find it here!
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