EP Review: The Virginmarys – “Sitting Ducks”
Since 2016’s Divides album, The Virginmarys have been honing themselves into a formidable live proposition, with an incendiary slot at this year’s Camden Rocks a particular highlight. A couple of new tracks stood out that evening, and not content with waiting to release them on a new LP next year, the band have instead been beavering away on a four track EP, Sitting Ducks.
If you were worried that this release was going to comprise of a bunch of Divides cast-offs, then quite frankly you were wrong. Standing on a sonic par with last year’s sophomore effort, Ally Dickaty’s neck-throbbing screams on the title track prove from the get-go that the raw emotion that makes the band so vital and unique hasn’t been diluted whatsoever.
Sweet Loretta is a vivacious insta-classic, full of clap-along groove and a chorus you’ll be humming in your sleep and even though Through The Sky contains a more lilting melody, it certainly doesn’t slow the pace of the EP with livewire drummer Danny Dolan pounding out an urgent rhythm.
As the more sombre, heart-wrenching strains of Sleep close things out, it’s clear that Dickaty has lost none of his songwriting chops; for anyone who’s seen him perform a solo acoustic set, imagining the frontman belting out this song will send a genuine shiver down your spine. There’s a vulnerable fragility in his voice that truly makes him one of the most compelling singers in rock music right now, and if that helps Sleep become one of the most passionate songs you’ll hear this year, then everyone’s a winner.
Available via The Virginmarys' website as well as Pledge Music, this EP carries on from where Divides left off which is in no way a bad thing; the band don't need to take any massive musical detours when they're consistently this good. Instead, what you've got here is a cracking little 14 minute taster that successfully whets the appetite for a new full-lengther, and I for one can't wait for that.