Artist: The Decoy
Album: Parasites EP
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 25th May
Find it at: Ghoulish Records
Review by: Graeme Blackwell
“Within the sonic fabric of The Decoy’s Parasites EP is the answer to life, the universe and everything, I’m sure of it.”
Somewhere near Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border, 574ft beneath the surface of the earth, lies the Large Hadron Collider. Apparently (or so it says here) it’s the world’s most powerful particle collider and, with a 17 mile circumference, is the biggest single machine in the world. In short it chucks particles at each other really fast (like, super-mega-unbelievably-really fast) and allows scientific bods to study high-energy particle physics.
I’m almost 100% certain that if the Large Hadron Collider made music, it would make The Decoy.
Careering out of Cwmbran at 299.8 million metres per second, somewhere within the sonic fabric of The Decoy’s Parasites EP is the answer to life, the universe and everything, I’m sure of it. An introductory EP as thrilling and energised as this just doesn’t come along every day.
It’s also one of those short collections of songs that just about defies categorisation. Across Parasites‘ 4 tracks and 14-odd minutes are elements of tech-rock, math-rock, metalcore, punk and reggae, all bound tightly together with giant swathes of emotive melody the size of the science-baffling Supervoid (Google it.)
And somehow, beyond all probability, it all works perfectly.
Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Coulter (Arcane Roots, Reuben, A Plastic Rose) this Welsh trio have laid down a noise that sounds so much more colossal than their gangly bodies should be capable of. Nevertheless, here it is for your considerable listening pleasure.
Crank up quasi-title track “Parasite” or the EP-closing “Andyouism” and tell me I’m wrong. Paradoxically skull-crushing and yet spiritually soul-lifting all at the same time, it’s like The Decoy have single-handedly set out to prove the existence of the Multiverse through music.
Music industry, I beg you: defy the odds; buck the trend; re-write history and discover a new, previously unseen high-energy music particle. Do your research, publish your papers and spread the word. But above all else, whatever you do, make sure you call it The Decoy.
You can watch The Decoy’s video for their 2014 track “That Thing You Like” below: