I’ll make this review quick fire, because its the weekend, a time where I stay in bed until two in the afternoon wondering what the point to life is, as my crippling loneliness caresses my gentlemanly regions and I shift ever closer to the death’s sweet embrace covered in fried chicken grease (We’re all here for you Nick – Mildly Concerned Editor). It has to be said, despite all the abject disappointment life has given thus far, I don’t think I have fallen in love quite hard for a band for a long time.
That is until I heard Cane Hill for the first time. What started as a simple search for who the f**k were opening up for Motionless In White for the January 2018 leg of their tour, quickly became a band that I was looking forward to seeing live more than the actual headliners.
Truly a group after my own heart.
I couldn’t quite tell you why I love them so much, perhaps it’s that connection they brought to my self loathing inner teenager to come out of it’s angst ridden pit to do circle pits in my soul?
The energy. The anger. Everything about their two albums hit the right notes for me. Their second effort ‘Too Far Gone’ was my album of the year of 2018 and just when we were settling to see off that year, they came to the party with more new material.
However, that material was very different, gone was the angry frenetic energy of their first two albums and in came a more sombre Cane Hill. Turns out this was all part of a brand new E.P. – a collection of acoustic tracks, poised to show the music world that there is more to the New Orleans outfit than heavy riffs and powerful low growls. For those who have read my previous reviews may want to be snarky and point out I hate E.P’s – no that has never been the case, I hate artists who release E.P’s and try to advertise them as full length L.P’s so sit the f**k down!
‘Kill The Sun’ is a very interesting collection to say the least. At twenty-two minutes long it doesn’t outstay its welcome, but it is long enough to see these extra dimensions added to Cane Hill. The first thing you need to know about this E.P. is every song is acoustic, there are no points of the E.P. where you’re going to be throwing your best friend around a venue in London. The E.P. as a whole does strike an interesting question, what happens when you smash a room apart?
‘Smile’ and ‘Too Far Gone’ were so destructive and violent – they really are albums you could have a breakdown too and that’s a good thing in itself. However ask yourself, when you have had those twenty minutes where you’ve smashed the best crockery, tore down the curtains, kicked the family gerbil, screamed, cried and punched out all the injustices of your world, don’t you feel that what follows is an eerie twenty minutes of quiet reflection?
This is what ‘Kill The Sun’ does to Cane Hill’s previous two albums, it serves as that eerie calm after the breakdown.
Elijah Witt proves he is much a crooner as he is a screamer and the lyrics are very well written, keeping things easy to interpret and yet just vague enough to spice things up a little. The overall musical arrangements has that distinctive New Orleans country twang that can’t be replicated by outsiders, but also has the trademark industrial wanderings that Cane Hill are becoming known for, all of this in a neatly wrapped twenty-two minute E.P. – you couldn’t ask for anything better from them.
If you are a hardcore faithful to the first two albums, then my advice is keep an open mind, this does show an excellent new dimension to Cane Hill, one I hope to see with future releases, but if acoustic music isn’t your thing then maybe wait for their third album. To everyone else, sit back and let this E.P. wash over you and maybe buy another family gerbil or at least write an apology letter.