(7/10) I can't even remember anymore what pulled my attention towards Shit The Cow. I guess it was the unusual name of the band that made me curious some years ago. It was the band's sophomore EP "Salt of the Earth" that was the first one I reviewed at that time.
What's fascinating with the sound of these guys is the way how they approach music. In the end it's a mixture of stoner and garage rock with some alternative rock spices. However, these guys do what the want to do and this is something you can also listen to on their new EP "One With the Devil".
It's again five songs (plus an alternative version of "Warcow") that the Swedes burned on this disc and they are typical Shit The Cow ones. The start is speedy. "Warcow" is a rocker which is good but not the best the guys have ever written. Things get better with the title track. Shit The Cow finds back to their strength of having a unique sound that you either like or not. I like the fact that the guys don't care about current trends and do just their thing, something that's reflected in "One With the Devil".
Things get even slower in tempo with El Chupacabra, a great song that has a certain monotony included that puts a kind of spell on the listener. "The Villain" has the same approach but includes some female vocals which in parts even remind of what Philipp Boa did a few years ago. However, the vibe of "The Villain" is darker, creating the picture of an autumn forest covered in grey fog.
"Iggy" kicks in again with some more pace before an alternative version of "Warcow" rounds of this EP; the latter done with female vocals, puristic instrumentation and a really eerily expression.
To sum up: "One With the Devil" contains again typical Shit The Cow stuff that's maybe a bit weaker than what they had on the previous records but it's still well done independent stuff, done by a band that does what they want to do rather than caring about trends.
- One With the Devil
- El Chupacabra
- The Villain
Genre: Garage Rock
Release Date EU: September 1st, 2016