The One2s deliver their own special brand of shoegazey post-punk with latest release, “EP One”.
‘Wide Awake’ blasts in with a riff that channels the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy In The UK’. While the vocals carry a distinct punk/indie vibe, the music itself offers a playful urgency with its mid-point delay-ridden guitar solo and clattering cymbals.
‘Any Other Time But Now’ heads in a moodier direction, starting out with a tone not dissimilar to The XX. As the song progresses the guitarwork moves into some Pixies-esque yelps, all the while retaining a melodic sensibility.
‘Running Out Of Time’ continues with an up-tempo duel between guitar and bass which holds steady for the duration of the track. The energy of the song feels somewhere between early Strokes and the Stooges. The unrelenting drive fits well with the track’s title, as if the song itself is being played to meet a deadline.
Closing track ‘Alone’ opens with an introduction that wouldn’t be at all out of place on My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’, but it’s all misdirection – twenty seconds later the song sidesteps into a clean but consistently edgy chord driven power-pop track. It’s on this final track that the vocals establish the One2s as the deliciously post-punk, post-grunge, shoegazey outfit they are.