Heavy Lungs – ‘Measure’ | EP Review

Bristol Punks Are Back With Thrilling New EP

Heavy Lungs have recently released their third EP, recorded this summer at Invada Studios in Bristol. Measure is the latest release from the Bristol-based punks, produced and engineered by Alex Greaves and James Trevascus, and most definitely sounding bigger and better than ever…it also ‘goes well with a bowl of custard and a VHS copy of Blade Runner’, according to Instagram. Heavy Lungs sure do know how to give us a good time.

Opening track Half Full begins with a calm, gradual intro which is peppered with space-age R2D2 sounds and is eventually met with a steady bass line to create some sort of punky Star Wars, sci-fi soundtrack. Maybe that’s where the VHS copy of Blade Runner comes in? This track immediately conveys Measure as being something fresh and exciting, a product of hard-work with Heavy Lungs taking a more experimental approach, sounding different and growing from their previous releases whilst still keeping true to their signature, punky sound.

The tempo is brought up a notch with the riotous yet catchy Self Worth. A heavy, turbulent number that features whirring shoegazey guitars reminiscent of those found in the existing track Roy from their second EP Straight to CD (February 2019). The mysteriously titled T.O.T.B, which I’ve recently discovered actually stands forTour Of The Bar’, brings a weird sense of calmness in comparison, with its satisfying, sliding riff. However, this ‘calmness’ does not last long as it quickly descends into a disorganized wall of fuzzy and wailing guitars.

(A Bit of a) Birthday is personally my favourite track, released as a single last month to tease this EP; it is a whirlwind of chaos and packs a powerful punch. The track begins with simple drums and heavy intermittent guitars before gathering speed and exploding into a nice little headbanging number. Danny Nedelko’s sarcastic drawl spouts lyrics such as ‘throw me the stick and let’s do the limbo’ and ‘give me the knife and let’s cut this shit’, resulting in a heavy, rollicking track oozing with satire and wit which definitely makes it stand out as a powerful favourite on the release.  

Final track Pacemaker is the perfect mix of strong and moody vocals, with simple lyrics such as ‘it’s okay, it’s alright’ splayed across strong riffs and powerful drums. It brings to a close yet another stunning release from a brilliant band who are taking the UK by storm with a string of shows in November. Don’t be a fool and be sure to catch the boys at their upcoming shows…

Mon 04 Nov – Tunbridge Wells Forum, Brighton 

Tue 05 Nov – The Green Door Store, Brighton 
Wed 06 Nov – The Camden Assembly, London 

Fri 08 Nov – The Key Club, Leeds 

Sat 09 Nov – 2 Q Festival, Lincoln

Sun 10 Nov – Record Junkee, Sheffield

Mon 11 Nov – Audio, Glasgow 

Wed 13 Nov – Think Tank?, Newcastle Upon Tyne 

Thu 14 Nov – The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent 

Fri 15 Nov – Phase One, Liverpool 

Sat 16 Nov – Thekla, Bristol 

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