One of my favourite musical discoveries of the year was Hotel Wrecking City Traders. After being impressed at their show in Colchester (reviewed here), I purchased their brilliant album Ikiryo (reviewed here) and I often put it on when I came home after a long day. They released another EP this year but slightly different, the one-track twenty-one-minute Ode to Chunn. After witnessing the band play an improvised version of Ode at The Hole in the Wall, I had to hear what it sounded like on record.
For a twenty-one-minute song, it certainly holds your interest. Wisely, the song goes through many changes to make the progression of the song exciting. At some parts the song is quiet and feels like an astral voyage, later on the song contrasts and gets heavier and faster. These nice changes make Ode To Chunn a joy to listen to – spice certainly is the variety of life. Lots of different genres are at play here; desert, space, stoner, progressive and psychedelic are all crammed into 21 minutes but are given space to breath and flourish in their own way. HWCT are a two man group, one guitar and a drummer, and the two make a deadly combination. Deadly riffs and solos blend with precise beats and a solid rhythm that helps carry this one-track wonder. My problem with this though is that it ended on a whimper and not a bang, after listening for 20 minutes I was expecting a big finale but instead it sort of fizzled out. Perhaps it will be better live but the ending left me slightly miffed. But don’t let this put you off, this is probably the best one-track EP of the year.
Toby Wrecker – Guitars
Ben Wrecker – Drums