03 3003 03030 3 will be the latest EP from Beatastic, a Brighton-based indie rock/electronica band. With two albums already under their belt, their sound has been found and developed into something unique. If you haven’t heard of them, their inspirations are bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and The Cure, with their music being heavily influenced by Shoegazing.
The first track, entitled L’Avenir, begins with an ominous character. I found it quite hypnotic, as the different components making up the music were subtly and slowly changed until the song transformed into an almost prog rock feel. I found it refreshing to hear non-classical musicians use two triplets followed by a pair to group their beats (for instance, count 123 then 123 then 12 and start all over again), which is probably what gave the song a prog rock feel. I also enjoyed the melodic guitar hook six minutes in. It gave a feeling of sad innocence much like you’d hear in a track like Misguided Ghosts by Paramore.
Swallowed By The Sands and The Sun Sets Lower were definitely reminiscent of the British Shoegazing movement of the eighties and nineties, with distorted guitars and simple harmonies that are characteristic of the repetitive vibe the genre has. The most interesting parts of both songs were the lyrics and the drums. In The Sun Sets Lower, the lyrics were slightly slurred and off just slightly off the beat which was a really interesting way of conveying the message of the song.
Probably the only criticisms I have of the EP are that the first and lat tracks could have been split up into smaller ones, and one tiny repetitive phrase that got on my nerves. It has occurred to me that it is in fact an EP and it isn’t usual for there to be more than five or six songs, but I think given the chance some of the themes in both sings could have been developed more. Maybe this would be something to think about for an album? In The Secret, there is a fairly speedy pentatonic scale that’s repeated throughout most of the song. Finding it slightly annoying is probably more of a personal preference thing rather than a criticism. However, I’m sure I’m not the only one that would find it slightly annoying.
Regardless, I think the EP is well-produced and the band members have some serious talent. I give a 7/10.
Purchase their music here (although the EP in question won’t be available for a day or two)