Before we even listen to a single note...I have to point out the album art work; it is hideous. It literally looks like a ball-point pen drawing, poorly cut out and stuck on some shiny gift-wrapping paper, with a piece of masking tape stuck on it saying "42"...seriously its awful...it's like something Neil Buchanan shat out of an arts and crafts nightmare after listening to the GORILLAZ. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover...so I'll hope this is simply an issue regarding the budget, it's the music that counts, lets hope that's where the money went.
We open up with "Tro"...or intro basically, its as though the band think they are being edgy, it's the intro guys, its tro bro, get with the times...and for a little over a minute we are subject to a barrage of sludgy riffs, it's more or less looped and while simplistic you get an idea of the approach these guys take. First song proper, "Lynched" showcases more of the above style but with more structure, musically I mean. It's heavy in the sense that it's grunge-inspired, there's a rough around the edges style the guys use to the point that, distortion is almost the third band member, really boosting the content here. There are elements of Royal Blood as there are hints of artists like ZICO CHAIN...it's quite weighty and borders on stoner rock.
The title track is very much more of the same...and I mean there is very little difference here to create a talking point. It could easily be a continuation of the track before it and few would notice the difference. "Widdly Woo"...what? That name is nearly as bad as the artwork. Honestly now...if the band are having a laugh it's at their own expense and not yours...another riff-heavy offering, more visceral vocals but it just plods along for the most part, it's like they are glued to a formula and it's quite uninspiring. This goes for other tracks too, like "This Song Is Filler, Pt. 2"...filler? I can think of something else to call it and far less polite..."The Weather", which at 10 seconds, is as worthwhile as it is long; aka it's not.
The album isn't entirely a lost cause however..."Third Eye" is a sharp dose of hard hitting dirty rock, it's got more rhythm behind it and gives everything an enjoyable and frankly much needed boost, while "Worry" and "Take 1" are probably the pairs most solid offerings of the entire album. The riffs are strong, there's elements of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE layered within the tracks and despite falling into old habits at points, they finish the album on a more positive note. Ultimately...Drinsipa for all intents and purposes have looked at Drenge and Royal Blood and thought, we can do that too! And to an extent, they have...they are very obviously making very stripped back, very raw, very minimalist rock music...but they also retain garage-band qualities proving there's more to this than just picking up an instrument and repeating your way through some riffs with some growling vocals. There's potential here but, right now they are more white noise than white stripes.