Somewhere in the nebulous fog of noise rock, sludge metal, and hardcore punk, therein lurk the Shadow People. Baton Rouge has produced a good line in ear-splitting bands, but few come close to the raw intensity that this trio have been conjure since 2013. The fourth release they have to offer, entitled Washing in Soap Opera, is a whirlwind introduction into the band’s intriguing sound.
With just ten minutes to make an impression, Shadow People don’t hang about. The noisy squeals of guitar, dissident vocals and blasting bursts of percussion live somewhere between noise-rock and hardcore. As openers go, Why Don’t I Just Wear Tight Jeans, Pierce My Septum And Wear Fucking Glasses is simply wild and one hell of an attention grabber.
Make Up Makes Up For It then shows Shadow People’s variety. Them going from frenzied ferociousness into softer tones that briefly offer respite from the chaos.
Finally, I Always Wanted To Be A Motivational Speaker wraps up the short EP with the instant gratification of fearless ferocity. Only for the speed to increase and be taken back for a groovy bit of bass backing up the lead guitar twangs. Leading to an explosive finale and marking this one out as the track to try if you really don’t have 10 minutes spare.
Shadow People – Washing in Soap Opera Full Track Listing:
1. Why Don’t I Just Wear Tight Jeans, Pierce My Septum And Wear Fucking Glasses
2. Make Up Makes Up For It
3. I Always Wanted To Be A Motivational Speaker
Shadow People - Washing In Soap Opera (Self Released)
The Final Score - 8/10