I've been sitting here in bed listening to Scabs on repeat for about half an hour and I still can't work out a word to describe it that would do it justice. Taken from their debut LP, Hysterics, Rolo Tomassi have created a morphing, thrilling, incredibly intense track that doesn't seem to stay still for a second. It almost feels as if the act of listening to the track could change the way it is heard.
Its not an easy listen with fractured guitars and scratched vocals at its forefront and the off-kilter keys and rapido drumming make it frenetic and erratic. The plethora of ideas in the track's four and a half minutes is dizzying and the manner in which they have been realised is terrifying in its accomplishment.
So my excuses for being unable to describe Scabs. Too giddy or too scared.
Rolo Tomassi - Scabs
Hysterics is out now on Hassle Records.
Photo by Justin Evans