Genre/Influences: Punk, punk-rock.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: The Reuters is a band from The Netherlands featuring Seja Records owner Johan Buurke. While they have a new album in the pipeline (cf. “Incubation”) this special EP, which is not for sale, is meant to familiarize you with the band. It features two previously released songs plus three new cuts, which are taken from the upcoming opus.
Content: I didn’t exactly expect a band dealing with a mix of punk-rock and some extra psychedelic elements on top. Some passages remind me of The Cramps, but globally speaking The Reuters is a band on its own. It’s a bit rough and clearly unpolished, like awakening some good-old spirits from the 80s, when bands were rehearsing in a cellar or a garage. It sounds pure fun!
+ + + : The punk approach of this formation ha something refreshing. It sounds a bit as a demo and yet, it makes sense. I like all of the songs although I clearly have a preference for “Top Die Back Up”, which is a new one. There are some great guitar parts running through this cut. The opening –and already familiar, song “Ambient Ambulance” is another noticeable cut. I like the deep bass and the global spirit of the song.
– – – : The production can be more polished and styled, but it would be not the same result!
Conclusion: I’m really looking forward to the new album of The Reuters. I’m totally convinced by this punkish EP.
Best songs: “Top Die Back Up”, “Ambient Ambulance”, “Credits”.