After some amazing support slots with the likes of Fightstar, Young Guns and Max Raptor, it’s about time we heard what Making Monsters have shaped into new material from their on-road experiences. Latest EP Bad Blood hears the band progress, mature and maybe even grow up a little.
If American sweetheart Taylor Swift springs to mind when hear the phrase bad blood, this new record from Making Monsters is sure as hell going to make you think differently! From the moment title track ‘Bad Blood’ kickstarts the release, we hear something between the raw, gravelly vocal of Marmozets and sultry undertones of The Pretty Reckless, both of which should shake up any naive preconceptions of what women in the music industry “can and can’t” be, how they “can and can’t” act and what they “can or can’t” do.
Making Monsters aren’t a band made for the faint-hearted. ‘Rose’, for example, is fierce, fast-paced punk rock that leaves us gasping for breath and desperate to see Making Monsters in the flesh; if their live shows are anywhere near as wild as this, it’s no surprise they’re invited out on the road again and again. The spitfire angst of ‘Noodle Sync’ and the cool, edgy grit of ‘We Aren’t Living’, not to mention an impressive vocal range that will make your own tonsils ache, makes this EP something you don’t want to miss out on.
Could this be the start of a new generation for hardcore punk? With its fresh-faced upgrades and intricate upgrades, we think it might just be.
Bad Blood by Making Monsters is out now via self-release.