It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything new from Miss The Occupier, so a month or two ago when we were promised a new EP I got terribly over excited. Happily upon getting my grubby paws on the release the excitement was worthwhile.
There’s no gentle starts, no easing the listener in, instead opening track Glue Me To Thee goes off like a rocket. High velocity would be an understatement. I’m trying to write this review at 2.30am, and Glue Me To Thee was more effective at removing any chance of imminent sleep than half a dozen Red Bulls, and roughly 80 times more enjoyable. Two minutes of buzzsaw guitar, driving bass and drums and singer Roz’s snarling vocals will do that to you.
After the incendiary start title track The Heart Is Deceitful (Above All Things) almost feels like a welcome respite, but it’s hardly a slow paced, low key affair either. Roz Davies retains a bit of her snarl, but mixes it with sweet, seductive vocals. The song picks up pace as it goes, the band augmented by a bit of cello from Caroline Gardiner that manages to be both unobtrusive and essential sounding, before kicking up a gear to reach a frenzied, before finally, beautifully slowing and fading to nothing.
The final two EP tracks Punchdrunk and Shamefaced and You Know It’s Vulgar don’t deviate much from the scuzzy guitar, cracking melody formula, but when your formula is a winning one you wouldn’t expect them to, or in my case want them to.
All in, all four tracks on the EP are fantastic, thrilling, high paced and just plain fun to listen to. Maybe avoid it if you were planning on sleeping right after it though…
The Heart Is Deceitful (Above All Things) is available on March 15th 2010 from all good download stores, and probably some bad ones too.