Virals – ‘Coming Up With The Sun EP’

Former Lovvers man goes slacker rock

Third time lucky for Shaun Hencher? Virals finds the former Murder Of Rosa Luxemburg and Lovvers man ditching both the fretwanking and gutlord urch-punk of his former bands and embracing, wholeheartedly, slacker rock. The four tracks on this, his debut EP, are as sunkissed as they are beatific, and as a result it’s easily the most instantly rewarding release he’s ever put his name to.

Opening track ‘Coming Up With The Sun’ is the best, and it’s aptly titled too -– sounding for all the world like the weed-infused utopia where Girls’ last album and Brighton hopefuls Gross Magic meet. Elsewhere, the two-minute-long ‘Shake It Up’ just is ‘Bandwagonesque’-era Teenage Fanclub, but played with twice as much urgency. It’s still early days, of course – four tracks do not an album make – but with word that Shaun’s already penned the full-length follow-up, we’re thinking his future’s looking rather exciting all of a sudden.

[i]Ashley Raphael[/i]

Details

Record label: Tough Love
Release date: 21 May, 2012