MASHIRI – Raw Girth
Blessed with the greatest band name in history, St. Albans trio Mashiri burst out of the blocks with their debut release, ‘Raw Girth’.
‘Banter’ is a fun start to Mashiri’s catalogue. Yes it is a pretty blatant rip-off of ‘Sleep Now in the Fire’ (Dan Edwin’s vocal delivery in parts is pretty much exactly the same, if lacking some of Zach De La Rocha’s trademark ferocity) but it is a good song with lyrics that tread the line between being plain silly and just having a humorous side well. The instrumental work is solid if unspectacular with the sludgy lower register adds an enjoyable raw dynamic to the mix.
‘I Never Noticed’ is a different kind of song. Its near six minute duration is entirely composed of simple instrumentation, often carried by the bassline over tranquil acoustic guitar and pleading vocals. It’s a nice song but perhaps a little out of place alongside the more rocking ‘Banter’, meaning that it is hard to tell exactly what Mashiri want to be from this debut release. Despite this however, Mashiri have produced what can certainly be considered a very enjoyable debut. Bring on the next release!
Hugo Beardsall – Drums
Joe Clapham – Bass
Dan Edwin – Vocals & Guitar
Mark Goodfellow – Guitar