Review by Josh Maun
Taser Puppets are made up of a trio of experienced musicians from Chorley. Guitarist Shaun and Drummer Terry have been playing together for over 7 years and formed together with Bassist Jason in 2008 to create the alternative, post-punk sound of what they are today.
The band claims to have an “Anti-dad rock” stance, putting pride in their strong live performances. They have played at many live venues in the north however after losing faith in the pay to play scene decided to focus their energy on this EP, leading up to a full album.
Twisted Pop is the name of the EP and keep checking their website for details on how to get it!
The first track of four is “Dim”, by name not by nature. It opens with an infectious edgy bass line that carries throughout the song.
This is accompanied by an equally edgy drum beat interrupted by pauses and the occasional scream which works extremely well adding to the slightly dark feel of this track.
The deep vocals portray the picture of a modern “bastard” losing his friends, and wasting his life on Facebook. The deep vocals are supported by the higher tones of Ema Crompton giving it an extra dimension.
“Wasp” comes second on the EP and has a much lighter feel due to the higher notes and tempo but still keeping the punky new wave feel.
The guitar riff does become slightly annoying after being repeated numerous times, though this could be here to represent a wasp to be fair.
This track in particular highlights the wit of the bands lyrics: “I’m a wasp I’m a wannabee”.
The distorted vocals seeming to be on all the tracks throughout this EP pay compliment to the style of the band. This track seems to be punk’s less graceful answer to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.”
“Beautiful song for the Ripper” is where this EP really takes off.
With a more psychedelic feel provided by the high-pitched guitar and the Pink Floyd choir style backing vocals.
The lyrics on this track also really shine through, the operatic voice of the lead vocalist is kept throughout however the distortion on the voice is far less than in the other tracks. A punky bassline and heavier drum beat build towards a crescendo back to a slow end, a properly constructed, tight and well worked song.
“Broken Dolls” rounds off the record nicely. The drum beat and chanting give the tune a good feel, and would definitely be good in a live set, if not George of the jungle. This definitely harks back to the 60’s/70’s punk roots, feeling much more of that era, rather than a new wave feel.
The band definitely has a familiar feel to them in the make-up of their songs, though the fact they do this without becoming another run of the mill band is testament to their abilities. They provide a great edgy punky sound with some pretty catchy tunes.
Although its familiar feel means it won’t be a must have EP for everybody, it is certainly a good collection of tunes that deserve to get a decent listen.