Fresh from their white-hot main stage set at the Bestival, the increasingly impressive Ba.Dow have released a new three track EP entitled Ba Dow II, Dom Kureen gives his feedback on the emerging blues-rockers’ latest output.
King of riffs Sam Morris’ influence is evident from the inaugural shred of Ba Dow II lead track Get Up, Get Up – undoubtedly the cleanest, least burdened composition of Ba.Dow’s embryonic career.
The guitarist’s captivating apéritif expertly blends with Jodie Amos’ velvety vocals and a chorus that is distinctively anthemic. Indeed, it is during the latter that there is a hint of homage to Queen’s We Will Rock You, with a thudding crescendo hurtling from the speakers courtesy of guitarist Morris and bassist Bradley McGinty’s (to date) lesser witnessed support articulations.
Lyrically the track ostensibly divulges a narrative of lost love and resentment from the perspective of the party responsible for terminating romantic liaisons; an impenitent aura of ‘fuck you, get over it’ granting a veneer of unbridled authenticity to proceedings.
Extending that theme, Help Myself fixates upon a moribund relationship in need of resuscitation, or perhaps more pertinently to be put out of its misery.
Although not quite in the ‘instant classic’ bracket of the EP’s opener, an addictive melody makes this another toe-tapper that should keep hardcore fans satiated without drifting too far from the bands’ archived material.
Concluding cut Realise allows Amos to further exhibit her range, adroitly unfurling a husky resonance in her voice, assisted by an unpredictably arranged landscape that eases towards a simple, buoyant bridge.
Culminating with a glorious string of “la-la’s”, the sanguine nature of the final piece extends an apt metaphor for a band that seem to be gathering momentum rather rapidly at the moment, and while critics may infatuate upon a dearth of lyrical acuity, advocates will counter that this is one of the charms of their early work, which steadfastly refuses to accommodate cliché.
Certainly this is an EP that will leave fans salivating at the prospect of Ba.Dow’s first full length album, having sampled an Hors d’Oeuvres that provides a more than palatable taster to be going on with.
One magnificent track and two notable ones make Ba Dow II a recommended purchase for Kureen readers.