Sydney band Rapids are one of those bands who hover around, coming up in conversations from time to time, but never seem to get the recognition they deserve. They’re one of those bands who you always mean to see but never get around to, despite the little voice in your head telling you you’re making a huge mistake. My little voice has gotten the better of me, and I’m sure glad it persisted.
The four-piece have actually been around for awhile, having formed back in 2009, but only released their debut EP, Holland Air, back in May (you can check it out on their Bandcamp). Producer Liam Judson (Cloud Control, Belles Will Ring), a favorite of mine, produced the EP. The results are excellent.
The latest single off the EP is “Cut Fast,” an upbeat and boisterous rock track which bubbles along furiously, touching on the band’s punk influences. The track switches pace sharply a number of times, giving it an interesting, jerky nature. Vocalist Jamie Timony’s cutting vocals highlight the organised chaos of the 2:20 single. It’s quite different from the band’s earlier single, “The Phillip, The Hawk,” which was more subtle.
The band’s excellent and diverse first offering should see plenty of play, and many more little voices around the world are bound to start breaking through.