Moral Panics are a fantastic indie-rock band with a sound that will brighten up an dull day (which is just as well, because the band are based in the grey reaches of Stoke-on-Trent). And what’s more, their sound is undeniably infectious and easy to love.
‘WLVS’ is the latest EP from Moral Panics and it’s definitely a step in the right direction to getting noticed. It’s full of indie-rock textures that are woven with treble-rich guitar tones and punchy drums, with a subtle bass seam running through the middle, all of which makes you want to move to it. Opening track (and future single) ‘February‘ epitomises this, with its Two Door Cinema Club style of high-end tremolo guitar lead and driving drums.
‘Fauve‘ is probably the highlight of the EP, with a bass-heavy intro and cascading, Stone Roses-like lead guitars. It’s a deceptively downbeat track, which picks up under the vocal lines and carries you through nicely to the (actually) downbeat closing track ‘Young Hands‘. With driving drums and reverb-drenched guitars, the track builds up gradually to a final explosive release… but it never comes, with the song suddenly dropping back down to end on a quiet and sombre tone. But it’s nowhere near as disappointing as it sounds – it just invites you immediately back in to start your journey again.
It’s a great EP, and one that any indie-rock fan should be checking out. You can listen to the EP on Spotify, or can buy the EP here.