Charmless i - Superhero
Charmless i is only human after all
Time for a new chapter in the story of Charmless i. The band recently recorded their third 5-track EP called ‘Make me Wanna’. One might notice that debut EP ‘First Coming’ had an electro feel with organic instruments added. Successor ‘Next Level’ sort of reversed that approach, expressing more of an organic band signature, with electronics added.
Now both worlds meet in a glorious way. Charmless i have found an irresistible blend of everything you like about guitars as well as synths and electronic drums from the Roland TR-808, alongside their fantastically pumping organic rhythm section. On ‘Make me Wanna’ front man Alex proves to become more and more of a vocal blend of all the singers you enjoyed in 90s British guitar bands. Make no mistake though: this band is firmly rooted in modern day productional sounds.
Currently, there are many worries in this world, both large and small. On micro as well as macro level. This entire spectrum is lyrically covered by this kaleidoscopic EP.
The band kicks off holistically with the opening track ‘Superhero’. This ultimately catchy and socially critical track raises the topic of the ever-increasing dishonesty and corruption amongst our political leaders. The track does not offer any more of a solution than the advice to stick close to one another. We should try to make one another as happy as possible on a micro level. So, f*ck our politicians.
The ‘hey hey hey’ shout outs in the intro and instrumental parts might remind you of the Prodigy. The pleasant back beat rhythm in the choruses is an echo of the best work of bands like Supergrass. The wrecking ball snare drum will hammer your ear drums. And you will not be able to get the multiple octave guitar licks out of your head.
Previous singles have been well received worldwide and reviews dropped in from Sweden to the USA and from Australia via Indonesia back to Germany. The band could also be seen live and played gigs in clubs, at festivals and live on radio. Speaking of radio, the band could be heard on radio stations in the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, USA and Switzerland.
Superhero is out now on BERT music (a division of TCBYML)
Writer: Alex Pasveer | ISRC: NL-C8O-20-00001