EP Review: Walking Machine // FEET

FEET, photo credit: Percy Walker-Smith

If you haven’t heard of the enigmatic FEET then you’re sure in for a treat. Since supporting Declan McKenna on his debut album tour, the band have found themselves on a seemingly unstoppable upwards trajectory. Receiving critical acclaim and an abundance of glowing reviews on their debut full-length effort What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham, the garage-rock five-piece are setting the music scene alight.

No strangers to making a rabble with their humour-infused lyricism and witty narratives, their latest EP Walking Machine features an amalgamation of bold instrumentation set to make any band green with envy. Moving into more serious territory, the EP is the band’s most mature offering to date, and this exciting new direction leaves you wanting more.

Starting off with a bang, the lead single ‘Peace & Quiet’ offers quite the opposite. Explosive, erratic and high-energy, the cut brims with incredible guitar hooks and their own unique brand of ‘crease’ pop. Talking on the track FEET divulged, “It’s about demanding more from the current music scene. 2021 is the year for new and exciting groups supported by a rejuvenated industry. Now’s the time to start small, grass-root scenes and DIY shows at your local village halls…”. Their boisterous first offering since their Christmas single delightfully sets the scene for the rest of the EP – they’ve found their forte – and boy are they good at it. Perfectly transitioning into ‘Library’ the band carry on their vein of delivering incredible rock rhythms laced with staccato-esque vocals and rolling drum beats.

‘Busy Waiting’, released as the second teaser for the EP, steers away from the much-hated idea of a ‘squeaky clean’ sound in a riotous and raw explosion of basslines and percussion. With the aim of squeezing as much as they could into a short amount of time, FEET have managed to up the pressure and increase the tension in this jam-packed cut set to hit off as a live performance. 

Rounding off with ‘Arena’ in a softer and sweeter tone, lush vocals sit atop a delicate guitar performance that perfectly displays FEET’s ability to deliver both heartfelt ballads and rowdy rock numbers.

With the new EP delivering more than we ever could’ve hoped for, we’re excited to see what more the boys have to offer.

Words by Lana Williams

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