Plastic Cowboys launch their debut EP Splinter. It promises to be the first of three EPs released this year, culminating in a debut album. With so many restrictions in place, the productive Irish trio were forced into adopting a self-sufficient approach. Splitting their time between studio and self-recorded sessions and taking on production duties themselves. The result is a debut EP that hits hard and lets that DIY spirit shine.

Lead single ‘None Like You’ was released in December, a time in which the limitations were probably at their toughest. Speaking of the song, the band explain “None Like You is about trying to grow and improve as a person by riding those highs and lows rather than getting swept away by them.”. This struggle to keep moving forward sees the instrumental battle against the vibe with a series of guitars that sound massive. Breaking down the walls and negativity to make you remember what it felt like to hear live music again. It’s a great song, and closes out Splinter fantastically.

The rest of the EP also embraces this formula. ‘Those Damn Lights’ offers more riffage and thunderous drumming to really wake up the senses. Its loud, abrasive sound is met with a bassline that wanders around the place alongside vocals that really lead the song towards its biggest moments. The chorus really sees them strain to be heard above the chaotic instrumental. It’s great.

‘Storehouse’ chimes in with a fun riff and group vocal dynamic that makes you wish to sing along. The drums sound great here; filling each gap with a snap and a rhythm that sinks into the hips. It really works well as the song that breaks up the EP a little. Focusing more on grooves than straight up walls of noise. But as nice of an interlude it is, ‘Molly’ brings back the noise in emphatic fashion. Washing over you with all sorts of distortion.

Splinter is great. Plastic Cowboys have introduced themselves as a band you can rely upon to gift some noise to the ears. The DIY production adds further personality to their sound and brings a lo-fi quality to it that really helps those guitars sound nasty. I dig it.

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