JAPAM ‘Sick Boy EP’

Back for the first time since 2016 Adelaide’s very own Japam once again show why they are a band destined for big things. Their brand new Sick Boy EP (and I really hope that is a reference to Trainspotting) reveals a band that is willing to push the boundaries with a fresh sound that simply cannot be pigeon-holed into one genre of music.

A listen to this EP feels like you are taking a journey through the genre section of Spotify, and I mean that it nicest possible way. There are epic tracks like ‘Shuckle’ that seems to be a mash of hard rock and nu-metal with screaming guitars that prove that this is a band that is not to be taken tightly. Watch for ‘Shuckle’ to make a few playlists over the next few months because it certainly deserves to.

Both ‘Attempt’ and ‘Roak’ are smooth but while the former stays in its hard rock mode the latter explodes as heavy metal growls continues to push and push at the boundaries making it pure metal. Never afraid to do things a little differently Japam give the title track a live-at-the-bar feel with a few stray guitar strums during the intro while the vocals push it into the realm of bands like The Maine, the faster pace style really showcasing what Japam are capable of. The band also fit neatly back into the hard rock vibe with ‘How Did You Go Blind’ which is moved along by its catchy riffs.

You get a feeling from listening to this new EP that Japam are on the brink of delivering a debut feature length that is going to make the whole of Australia sit up and take notice. This epic sounding EP once again shows that these guys are a band to watch.

Written by Dave Griffiths

Dave has worked as a music & film journalist for over 20 years now. Aside from Heavy he does radio and various podcasts as well. He is the proud owner of Metal Cat.

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