howl (for jane doe) by videotapes.: Review
The South Londoner noisy alt-rock band videotapes. makes a howling debut with their single, howl (for jane doe).
Written, recorder, mixed and mastered, this Hallie Rubenhold book-inspired song has the sense of urgency to give back voices to female victims of violent crime. The has all the grit, rage, and raw emotion that the victims feel after being stripped of their own agency by not only the perpetrator but also society in general. The pain and the rage are perfectly portrayed through the sound.
“You made me your victim
But somehow I’m the one to blame
You will not leave me voiceless
My story is more than just your name”
I can already tell this is gonna be a mosh starter. The mean heavy riffs, fast drumming and fast attacking bass are sure to get the crowd crazy. On top of that, throw in the soaring vocals soaked in rage, this song is sure to get your blood pumping. Everything about this song just screams raw power. Hovering on the edge of punk and alt-rock, the band’s sound is as raw and organic as it gets. The chorus is the part where they really stir up a storm and that scream at the end takes the cake for me! One might hear some instances that may sound off-key or out of tune, but those are the parts that really carry out the emotions in their raw form. Enough talking, see you at the mosh pit!
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Photo credits: Photography by Scott Dennis
Review by: Gabe Finch