EP Review: Saint Agnes – “The Death Or Glory Gang”
It’s no secret that we’ve been tipping Saint Agnes for big things for a while at Pure Rawk now. And if you’ve encountered this band on their travels across the UK and Europe, you’ll know why – they’re simply one of the most unique yet addictive groups on the circuit today. Mashing the goth psychedelia of the Doors with the spooked Wild West atmospherics of Morricone, a touch of Stooges chaos and early PJ Harvey style angst, their sound is certainly an individual one, and having seen them at the launch for this EP at the Borderline in Soho the other week, the group’s evolution into a well-oiled rock machine capable of holding the audience in the palm of their hand was evident for all to see.
I’m happy to report that this EP should provide ample proof as to why this band really should be way up your listening list. Skulking into town with the desolate ghost town instrumental “Death Rides A Black Horse” topped off with some impressive Dick Dale style surf guitar from Jon Tufnell, the title track kicks in with Kitty Austen pouring every ounce of venom in her into a pounding slice of riffed-up psychedelia which could easily serve as the group’s calling card.
The pounding Stooges riff underpinning recent single “Diablo Take Me Home” leads on nicely from there, before the sinister minimalist “I Feel Dangerous Around You” signs things off in style, sounding like the missing link between Nick Cave and Jim Morrison and proving to be the highlight of the EP. Make no mistake, this band mean business.
"The Death Or Glory Gang" is a devastating example of what a punch Saint Agnes pack, and you should really get acquainted with this band - quite simply, they make a lot of the competition seem dull and idea-free by comparison. Best new band in Britain today? Hell, they're certainly up there on this evidence.