Eva Plays Dead – Sounds Of The Written Word review

EP ArtworkAs Derby’s rock music scene goes, Eva Plays Dead are right up there. For the best part of two years since the release of debut album Guilt Trips & Sins, the four-piece have been working towards their forthcoming offering, Sounds Of The Written Word. The past month has seen the band pushing a Pledge Music campaign to fund the release with the full five tracks being unveiled tomorrow, along with a string of EP launch shows over the coming days (dates below).

Live Again opens the EP with riffs more than willing to knock you back a step, a rigorous determination embedded in them that’ll have no trouble absorbing your attention. Once frontwoman Tiggy Dee’s vocals cut in, there’s a definite The Dirty Youth meets Marmozets edge, not purely for the emphasis on a frontwoman, but because female vocalists can muster up a certain fierce energy guys can’t. Sorry lads. The boys of the band do their bit by providing a strong instrumental, making the opening number a corker.

Carrying on the frontwoman strength, Tiggy’s prima donna attitude shines through in Bad Girl, show off her incredible range alongside her don’t-mess-with-me attitude. Premiered on Kerrang! back in March, Wonderland demonstrates the band’s ability to construct a hook-filled single, absolutely bursting with energy and sure to go down a treat at a live show, with plenty of potential for the crowd to go wild.

After this huge bustle of enthusiasm, We Ain’t A Family feels somewhat vocally weaker, lacking the power the previous track boasted. Compensation for this comes with a handful of tight riffs in the track, and soaring middle eight line, “if love is a good thing / Then why is it not looking after me?” that the band are bound to have screamed back to them at gigs.

Appealing to the Dirty Youth influences again, final 1950’s Woman would’ve had more impact if it were cut at the two minute mark and served as the EP’s intro, with the hook growing repetitive at the song’s full length – a crime Bad Girl is also guilty of. At moments the lyrical strength of the release leaves something to be desired, but this is made up for with Tiggy’s powerful vocals and the band’s crafting of the instrumental to support the peaks of the tracks.

You can check out the video for Wonderland and see their upcoming tour dates below.

16th – London, Surya
18th – Nottingham, Rock City
19th – Cardiff, Fuel
21st – Glasgow, Broadcast

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