Irish Newcomers O Emperor’s ‘Switchblade’ Is An Eclectic Stomp That Defies Genre

Some tracks are better described by a feeling than they are by comparison or analysis. ‘Switchblade’ – the lead single from Waterford, Ireland quintet O Emperor – for example sounds like running down a hill on the last day of term, filled with the freedom of a whole expanse of summer stretching out gloriously before you. Musically, however, they’re far more difficult to pin down.

Part burbling, giddy MGMT synths, part pounding, epic indie anthem drums, with a snotty, bratty vocal reminiscent of The Growlers courtesy of singer Paul Savage thrown over the top, it’s a track that’s teeming with energy and ideas – an enticing introduction to their forthcoming ‘Lizard EP’ (due October 30 via Trout Records).

Check out the track below.