OnlineFederal Unicorn’s Substances EP is four high octane tracks that sway between heavy grunge riffs and hectic, heart-pounding punk. The Aarhus based band released Substances in February this year via Tapetown Records.
The EP is about “facing your demons, telling good from bad, finding beauty in ugly and trusting your own mind and flesh,” say the band. “A lot of it is a product of taking really long walks in search of unidentified treasures. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t, sometimes you end up with poison on your tongue and your mind in abyss and all the while you observe and contemplate.”
The EP’s opening track ‘State of Decay’ crescendoes into a crashing, grunge-infused chorus - you can literally feel the sweat resonate from each hard-hitting strum. ‘Animal’ is an immediate change of pace, slightly more contemplative, but still in keeping with Federal Unicorn’s rousing sound backed by guitarist and vocalist Robert Jancewicz’s impassioned howls. ‘My Line’ is dark but full of energy and the EP’s closer ’Filter Legs’ ends on an unexpectedly softer note featuring Robert’s vocals over a simple, graceful piano melody.
The three piece - Jancewicz along with Kuba Sypniewski (bass) and Kristian Nielsen (drums, backing vocals) - have been making music together since 2010. Their 2014 album Come Again, featured a broader sound, which they’ve now honed into the edgier modern grunge sound heard on EP Substances.
The band are renowned for their live shows and have played all over Europe, the UK and Canada. With an independent, DIY spirit and an EP that focuses less on the shoegaze but more on the pure alt-rock of the 90s, Federal Unicorn’s Substances will literally rock your world.
Federal Unicorn’s Substances is out now via Tapetown Records.