14 Dec 2018

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Cheshire Grimm - EP Review: Rain or Shine

10 Mar 2017 // A review by Alex Moulton

Cheshire Grimm provide quite an eclectic mix of sounds in their Rain or Shine EP release. Their opening track, Slave to the Grind starts with a grungy bassy riff, which swiftly switches to some jazzy saxophone with some clean distorted guitars. Altogether creating a fresh and funky sound complete with clean female vocals. Each riff feels reasonably basic, but the number of differing musical patterns within the one track adds the effect of layering and sophistication to the song. The vocal harmonies are very well done, with a plethora of instruments, and a variety of tempos throughout. Vocals are a little bit disconnected from the music. Slightly over processed.

Awaken has a very deep acoustic bass sound with a good use of delayed echo effects on the guitar. More of a chorded riff structure, there is a natural rhythm and pace, that gets the listeners swaying. Very simple chorus to sing along with and will likely be a very popular live song, providing a great opportunity to get their lighters/phones out. This track has a much slower pace to it, but gives the guitar plenty of chances to shine with an extensive solo considering the track length. 

The third track, Jimmy has a faster, rockier tempo, and a grungy guitar sound with clean vocals dominating over the top. Harmonies are the strength of the Cheshire Grimm EP; that unique element that stands out, and I hope that that is an aspect they are able to recreate live. The vocalists have a good vocal range, and while they seem to prefer the lower end of the vocal spectrum during verses, the choruses expand on this, providing some variety.

Sinn is another funky track that has more of a mainstream sound, reminiscent of The Living End, where the rhythm and tempo is driven by the bass and vocals more than the guitars. The opening riff reminds me of the intro to My Chemical Romance’s Hang ‘Em High track from their Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge record. A chorus that has punk rock notes not dissimilar to Green Day. Unfortunately, the vocals are a bit too clean, leaving it sounding disconnected from the instruments.

The final track to close off the EP is Dear Moon. A slow ballad, that gives you the image of a lounge singer from the 50's era. A very vocally dominant song, with husky dulcet tones, very similar to that of Dido's Thank You, over a restrained instrumental performance. A beautifully expansive, spacey track.

Overall, there is a wide variety of styles on show. The two vocalists harmonise beautifully, and have no aversion to using any styles within their music. I myself would classify it as jazz rock, though they frequently transcend genres encapsulating pop, funk, and punk. You'll find a bass player that is comfortable to do more than mirror the root notes of the guitar riffs, and it creates something that you can't fully appreciate with only one play through.


About Cheshire Grimm

Genre: Melancholic Wonder / Prog-Alt-Pop-Glitter
What do you see when you think of Cheshire Grimm?

The brainchild of Kat Waswo (vocals/bass) and Lora Thompson (guitar/vocals) has created a dark creature, twisting through the motions of light and dark, threading their bright colours into a warm blanket of melancholy.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Cheshire Grimm


Rain Or Shine
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Cheshire Grimm
Year: 2015
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Alex Moulton

Mako Road - EP Review: Local Safari
10 Dec 2018 // by Alex Moulton
Local Safari is the latest release from Christchurch Indie group Mako Road The four-piece provide a very laid-back and relaxed (albeit short) EP as we enter the prime summer road tripping season.The EP begins with its titular track Local Safari, with some pleasant keys and a generally unhurried pace, controlled by a simple hi hat and snare drum combo.
Kerretta - Single Review: Chroma Queens
10 Dec 2018 // by Alex Moulton
Chroma Queens is the first single from upcoming LP release Exiscens (due for release on December 14), which is the first release from Auckland experimental rock act Kerretta for over four years. The band are comprised of bass player William Waters; drummer H.
Gig Review: Ghost Who Walks @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland - 30/11/2018
06 Dec 2018 // by Alex Moulton
Cheers and squeals are let out around Auckland’s Anthology Lounge as The Rubics take to the stage. The six-piece group have been working on making a name for themselves as the groove-makers of the Auckland scene, and from the sound of the audience, they know exactly what they are in for.
Gig Review: 2Cellos @The Civic, Auckland - 3/12/2018
04 Dec 2018 // by Alex Moulton
People were abuzz as they filed into The Civic to get to their seats. Many eyes were enjoying the venue itself as one of Auckland’s last remaining atmospheric theatres, with its soft-top design that floats above the auditorium, with stars and clouds that recreate the Southern Hemisphere sky-scape.
Lisa Crawley - Single/Video Review: Baby It's Fine
30 Nov 2018 // by Alex Moulton
Lisa Crawley’s latest single Baby It’s Fine is a delightfully unhurried and soulful pop track. Starting with a slow strum of the guitar and an almost acoustic vibe to the bass, there is a slow melancholic edge to the song.
Night Bus - Single Review: Korean Restaurant
28 Nov 2018 // by Alex Moulton
Self-described as a lo-fi electronic bedroom pop from elusive Wellington figure, night bus is definitely an obscure act. With a Facebook page created less than a fortnight ago, only 5 followers to their name, and a moniker that is otherwise impossible to search for due to common use, any further information about the artist is not forthcoming.
Baitercell - EP Review: Toka
23 Nov 2018 // by Alex Moulton
Toka is the latest release from Baitercell; an EP comprised of three Drum n Bass tracks with 100% Te Reo Maori lyrics. The tracks Te Wai Te Ora (The Water, The Life), Te Pukumeke (The Final Strike) and Hine Ruru (A goddess in the form of a native owl of Aotearoa), are inspired by Papatuanuku, Tangaroa, Ranginui (the respective Maori gods of earth, water and sky) and the connection we need to have with our earth.
Gig Review: ZM's Friday Night Jams @ Western Springs, Auckland - 18/11/2018
19 Nov 2018 // by Alex Moulton
Ten minutes before gates open and the entrance way to Western Springs is packed to the brim with excited fans wearing cardboard Burger King Crowns in the hopes of receiving a free upgrade to the BK Stage. With some scattered cloud, the day was humid, but ultimately much more manageable, providing some respite from the intense sun.
View All Articles By Alex Moulton

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Ariana Grande
    Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper
    George Ezra
    Ava Max
    Post Malone And Swae Lee
    Travis Scott feat. Drake
    Marshmello And Bastille
    Billie Eilish
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem