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The Love Junkies : Cough and Splutter

7.5

From the opening seconds of Cough and Splutter you know you’re in for a wild ride. No.2 is a highlight of the EP, with an impatient, unrelenting guitar urging the song along at breakneck speed. The instrumental sections are perfectly paced – making sure to never overstay their welcome – and the rhythm section is sure to get you moving and shaking.
 
Dog Meat is deceiving. It starts out with a wave of distorted guitar before frontman Mitch McDonald comes into the fore, bemoaning the fact that he “can’t help but be confused”. A very apt statement in 2017. Lonely Ride finishes off the EP in fine style, showcasing the band’s softer side. Here, they swap distortion for crisp guitar and desperate vocals.
 
After taking the latter part of 2016 off to write, The Love Junkies have delivered an EP that will satisfy old fans, as well as anyone checking them out for the first time. Grunge is alive and well in 2017, and it’s bands like The Love Junkies flying the flag.