Red Moon Bayonets: The Dark West EP Review

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Red-Moon-BayonetsRed Moon Bayonets had a lot to live up to, following the rather impressive reception of their debut self-titled EP in 2012. The first EP was a rather striking intro to the four piece rock alternative band from Dublin and was a collection of tracks that just stayed with you long after you turned it off.

Needless to say, we were a little apprehensive that a second EP wouldn’t live up to the cut. And, we were so wrong about “The Dark West”.

Vinnie Flynn’s voice chants and moans in such an enthralling manner that you have to lose yourself in his vocals and that droning raspy edge just kicks you back to life at the right time. Rolling percussion from Igor Sim continues onto this second EP and is the force that keeps everything together. With Kenneth Tomney ripping it up on bass and Ioan Moldovan playing lead guitar like he was made for this, the band become the perfect culmination of rockers. Rhythmically, they ooze blues influences and it’s what makes them so captivating. This sounds like it should have been on the soundtrack to True Blood back when True Blood was good.

This EP is unfortunately as short cut as their first, with only 4 songs that leave you wanting more. There are two instrumentals included, “The Dark” and “West” but they feel a lot like snippets of full tracks that we wish we’d have gotten. Lyrically, the band have some tightening up to do. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good and it’s melancholic and it’s hypnotising but a lot of the EP lacks the hooks that the tracks deserve.

Tracks “Where She Lay” and “Flames” are particularly ensnaring and if the band do it right, they should be utterly hypnotising in a live setting. We personally can’t wait to see how well this EP translates on stage. The EP is more than worth the purchase (it’s even a steal for €4) but if anything, only more is expected from this quartet’s next production.

The Dark West EP is available for purchase from Red Moon Bayonet’s bandcamp for only €4 (or more, if you’re feeling a little generous).

You can stream the EP here:

 

Laur Ryan

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