Badmouth: Lamatrauma EP Review

Badmouth make good songs.

End of review.

OK, fine. Since you’re here anyway, I’ll elaborate. Fans of post-hardcore noise are in for a real treat with this one. Identifying as ‘multi-national riff merchants’, Badmouth the band have been bothering ears since their first two-track release, The Salò Demos, fell from the sky in 2017.

The group, comprising Keir Rodan on guitar and vocals, Andrey Salomatin on bass and Dam Fanti on drums, then put together the Lamatrauma EP within the next six months, releasing it in November 2016. Yes, we’re aware that was two years ago, but we catch on slow sometimes.

The four-track EP is a gloriously riff-heavy riot.

The four-track EP is a gloriously riff-heavy riot. From angry opener, ‘Coiler’, to the wonderfully titled closer ‘Pamplemousse’, the band drill through the motions in less than fifteen minutes, taking no prisoners along the way.

‘I’m not your saviour, so don’t look at me like that,’ crows Rodan during EP highlight ‘Savior’. This number kicks into a punchy solo halfway through, showing Badmouth are a band with songwriting dexterity as well as a brash ability to make some outstanding noise.

Badmouth are a band with songwriting dexterity as well as a brash ability to make some outstanding noise.

The heavy distortion and willingness to experiment are remniscent of shortlived Brit punks Test Icicles’s sole album (was that really fourteen years ago!?). There’s a darkness that’s very Berlin about the Badmouth variety though, which might just make them the kick up the face that the 2019 punk scene’s been missing so far.

You’ve just missed their show at Zosch that happened in March but these fellas don’t look to be going away anytime soon. Check out the EP now on Spotify and watch their social pages for updates on live gigs.

Luke began writing about music for his university paper while studying in England’s cold, post-industrial North. He became a regular reviewer of new releases, live shows, theatre and film, before moving to the big, grey blob of London. He has written indie and electronica reviews for indieBerlin since arriving in Berlin in 2017, while pursuing other freelance writing, editing and communications projects (and struggling to learn German). You can follow Luke here and read his recent reviews here.

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