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Review | Puppet Rebellion – ‘Chemical Friends’ (EP)

Puppet Rebellion

With post-punk influences and plenty of pent-up frustration from life in previous bands serving as lyrical inspiration, this formed the groundwork for the Manchester 5-piece’s first recordings.

It’s an instant start of pounding drums, quick cymbals and fast melodies on the title track, with a relentlessly fast pace throughout; with added guitar hooks that add a catchy edge to the whole song. Lyrically this is full of angst, although the vocals themselves are quite lethargic right up to the final chorus.

The fast tempo continues with the constant rhythm and repetitive graduating guitar chords, of ‘The Greatest Lie Ever Told’. “We don’t need you, I don’t believe you” beams the chorus, repeatedly sung with malice, clearly aimed at the people who’ve lied to the band at different points in their lives. Things quieten before building slowly up to one final chaotic chorus.

Marching band style drum brings in ‘The New Twenty’. There is a more relaxed feel here in comparison to the songs before it. The quieter nature gives you a chance to hear the melody. This track is full of harmony and great musicality.

It’s a great first effort from the band, with the only downside being, that it’s way too short and leaves you wanting more from Puppet Rebellion.||||

Written by Charlotte Pearson

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