Ones to watch since forming through the pages of Liverpool’s Bido Lito paper about a year ago, Rongorongo’s debut track ‘Shiver’ was a blast of post-Outfit Scouse indie.
Now expanded to a sixpiece, their new EP Automatic Hypnotist capitalises on the weirdness of their debut, but sounds wholly more accomplished. Lead single ‘Faster’ (premiered by NME below) has the same darkened atmosphere that Interpol made a home of when they were still playing clubs – all Black Devil Disco Club beats and compressed, breathy Ian Curtis vocals.
Another EP track, the still-unreleased ‘Driven’, meanwhile, continues with the 80s Brit influence, with shades of ‘Temptation’ era New Order about it, while singer Mick Chrysalid piles on the emotion like Mick Head at his most doe-eyed. It sounds eerie and lazy (and I mean that in the most positive of ways), like its spent the day kicking stones around the street in the endless rain, hands stuffed deeply in pockets.
Look out for it when their EP Automatic Hypnotist drops via War Room Records on December 11.