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EP Review: A Playground For Sad Adults by Phoxjaw

Phoxjaw release their second EP A Playground For Sad Adults on 5th July via Hassle Records. There are few bands that sound as unique, infectious, or as powerful. At times reminiscent of early Biffy Clyro, At The Drive-In, Deftones and Cave In, the fourpiece owe much to their melodic tenacity and driving, off-kilter riffs, mixed with their ferocious energy on stage – establishing the outfit as a true force to be reckoned with.

A group who combine power, swagger, and a huge amount of humour in their outlook, the stage was set with their debut EP Goodbye Dinosaur, and this EP goes ten steps further and sets the band out as ones to watch.

‘Melt, You’re A Face Of Wax’ is stunning – it’s modern British alt rock with an added vitality and corrosive edge. ‘Monday Man’ blend 00s alt rock with math leanings before the devilish evil churn of ‘Whale, Whale, Whale’. It’s on ‘Bodiesinthewell’ that you realise that there’s something special at the core of Phoxjaw. It starts out a gentle and beautiful before turning into a off-kilter, intricate math rock track. Then there’s the dark and brooding moments that add a hauntingly destructive edge. It’s powerful and has a lasting effect. ‘The Curse Of The Button Man’ is chaotically rambunctious and has to be heard to be believed.

Excellent stuff.

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