If you’re dreaming of the day you can once again throw yourself into a sweaty mosh pit, or you’re itching to surf on the muscle of an adrenaline-pumped crowd, The Sickboy Method are the band for you.
Although crowd-surfing and mosh pits remain beyond our reach for now, don’t fret! The Sickboy Method are set to release their brand new EP, Problematic Behaviour, tomorrow, and I urge you to listen to it now on Independent Music News. It will have you headbanging your way around the house and diving off the furniture. Try not to break anything important though, especially not body parts. The NHS has enough to deal with right now.
These new wave punks from Sheffield are making quite the impression with their mind-blowing energy. In their new EP, The Sickboy Method mix melodic indie vocals with hardcore punk attitude and instrumentation to create something utterly exhilarating. Here’s a quick rundown of Problematic Behaviour, track-by-track.
The EP kicks off in an explosive fashion. Angry, forthright vocals match seamlessly with the classic fast, chaotic, loud and proud sound of punk rock instrumentation. Frontman Jake Walker orders you to “stand up and shout for your personal solution”. I’m pumped and ready to revolt. The guitars and drum section at the end of Read It completely blew my head off. Nice work.
As the vocals and drums kick in, the track reveals that definite indie twist. The rebel-soaked punk attitude remains, and provocative lyrical wordplay has you feeling defeated and broken by the idea of a dark inevitability. I didn’t expect anything bright and fluffy from a song called Cockroaches.
The leader of the revolution returns with a no-nonsense approach and “fuck the system” style. A wonderfully weird guitar solo with an extraterrestrial twist and blood-curdling scream to end is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Amazing song.
This track has it all. A mellow, Red Hot Chili Peppers style beginning, a sudden frantic “attack of the punk” chorus and a badass bass and heavy drum break. The drumming from Estelle Varley is insane, in the best way. She’s also the talent behind the odd bit of screaming in Cigarette Excitement. She scares me a bit. I like her a lot.
This is a short, sharp song with infinite energy. Jumping about is pretty much unavoidable. It screams utter carnage. The band explain that the track is about environmental and social collapse and destruction. The fly, an impotent witness. Although short, Fly packs an incredible, stimulating punch.
The juxtaposition of fight and defeat throughout Problematic Behaviour is brilliantly thought-provoking. From what I can gather, The Sickboy Method are one for making sure your voice is heard. Enjoy!