Are You Ambivalent?
Los Angeles based energy and heavy groove that just melts in the ears. With a punchy style, the delivery of rock is comparable to punk or grunge however The Ambivalent carry a sense of musical accomplishment neither of these genres could. Unafraid to plunge into avenues on all sides of the compass of the riff, this trio show off their new EP, Are You Ambivalent? After establishing their sound in 2012 and having toured Europe and the States only last year, we find their material tight, crisp and expertly crafted.
Hear the Way I Hear It, the opening number, drifts in like a cruising motorcycle. A little flick of the drum kit, a bluesy riff with some dirty distortion and then vocals not too dissimilar to The Rolling Stones. The urgency of the melody knitted emotively into the drum structure describes a fantastic beat for guitar riffs to explore in hair in the wind fashion. Perhaps pulling into a campsite, our motorcycle ride smooths over to great the folky Careless. Reminding us of the sorrow of lost friendships but the joy of finding new ones. Life shifts around us, and so does this track. Keyboards add new layers, the rhythm offers more depth and the lyrics become more abstractly personal. A delightful acoustic swerve until morning.
Nothing better than a Cup of Coffee to wake us up, and if this next song doesn’t feature on a TV ad soon, it’ll at least be shifting bodies on dancefloors as it’s a stunner. A cheeky lick is always a wonderful idea when we’re having fun, and this hands over the goods in a musical romp of funky heaviness. Saw Her Standing there, brings nostalgic memories of being infatuated with an early crush, it encapsulates the frantic butterflies of curiosity we feel at this young but matured age of early adulthood. The skills of the band shine with a quick time and densely populated bars of bass.
Your Words carries the flag of anger, but it’s rising above it. If we listen, we see the banner of betterment riding the breeze. A choppy guitar swims around as the punching keys swing for us in between verses. I can’t help love this one, it’s got a gravity that causes me to orbit some invisible point in the centre of my skull. The EP ends with Wait Until. Reducing speed once, more, the power doesn’t fade. As the engine is revving, we can appreciate the beauty in its pulse. Nothing is taken away, but we add something sexy. A leather finish, chrome, a polished tank and B-road twisting and turning remind us this is a group of multi-faceted talent.
Rowan Blair Colver