EP Review: Zombina & The Skeletones – “In Sinistereo (Part 3)”
Well, it wouldn’t be Halloween without a new EP from our favourite ghoul-rockers now, would it? Zombina and The Skeletones have been a bit quiet of late, leading to a few people in our circles wondering if the band was still a going concern, but happily it would appear that they’re still very much out there and with plenty of fire left in them.
This four-track EP is the third in the In Sinistereo series (the first two came out last Halloween but sadly we missed ’em, sorry guys) and kicks in with Kill! which starts off with some surf-twang guitar over synths before turning into a shimmering slice of electro-pop, almost like a zombified Blondie with serial killer tendencies, if you can imagine such a thing. Stakeout has an almost Ian Dury style music hall feel with its tinkling piano and Madness style stop-start rhythms, while Stalkin’ is powered along on a Faces/Kinks British invasion style strutting guitar riff and Hammond organ backing. Final track Ramon meanwhile is straight-up pop-punk.
A varied effort then, and key to it is that all four of these songs are top notch tunes which will have you reaching for the repeat button as soon as the EP has finished. Good to have you back, guys ‘n’ ghouls.
A strong effort from the Skeletones which harks back to their early classic EP's like Mondo Zombina! and Staci Stasis, with four quality tracks here and plenty of variety throughout. It's comforting to know that Zombina and co are very much still out there, stalking the earth, and providing us with quality tunes like these.