Genre terrorists. That’s how Richard Peek describes AudioWhores. Add to this a love of head banging, coffee and … cling film and you’ve got yourself something your ears need inside them. Hailing from Tonbridge the AudioWhores have a unique blend of subtly, big riffs and funk. This is AudioWhores’ second release and sees a shift in sound from Fresh Pots whilst still preserving their sound.
Incident starts the album, and is probably your brain will log hearing it. A menacing opening riff and ominous drums make the intro to Incident the perfect music for a film villain. Incident then goes into AudioWhores unique sound. Heavy riffs combine with strong basslines to make seductive music that will refresh your ears more than a Sprite after a music festival. Returning to a dominating chorus Incident builds and builds as the riff grows in menace. A sculpted and tense riff increases Incident’s feel as the track charges to an end. Across all of this are vocals which complete the unique feel of Incident, they manage to achieve another smooth but fiery tone.
Tracks such as D.I.M, Slice of Life and Half Hundred continue the heavy vibe. A hard but funky riff opens D.IM which builds as the track continues. The drums and guitar give D.I.M swagger as vocals surf the music, managing to sound smooth and moreish but also to growl. Starting in an energetic and aggressive guitar frenzy Slice of Life is the first single from AudioWhores’ self titled album. The heavy sound of the verse storms down your ears before breaking into an instantly sing-able and funky chorus. As Slice of Life continues the band’s sounds erupts into a new level of energy and volume. Half Hundred is a ten minute epic that flits between light and punishing guitars. Drums provide a powerful constant as Half Hundred showcases both extremes of AudioWhore’s sound. The track detonates into a sea of energy and sirens as it reaches three minutes. This mushroom cloud of sound grows and grows, gaining momentum until a light but groove laden riff climbs out. With less than a minute to go one final riff breaks before bringing the track to stop.
Reprise brings out another side of AudioWhores entirely. Reprise warms up slowly as a gentle piano and a soft but dark riff seep out your speakers. The track builds slowly, sounding like a sonic mist. As the sound gradually becomes more complex and layered you find yourself getting lost within the track. Even the addition of a powerful riff doesn’t lose Reprise’s sense of calm. As the track continues it gives off an increasingly Pink Floyd vibe whilst never loosing the uniqueness of AudioWhore’s sound. As the aurora borealis of sound peaks with big stretching riffs a piano line returns to finish Reprise in a gentle close, welcoming you back to reality. This is echoed by We Played On. A reassuring piano line begins the track as a Latin guitar joins. Both carry a sense of anticipation as haunting vocals complete the sound. We Played On also sounds like a movie soundtrack, scoring the part at the end were people rebuild. Two thirds in energy enters We Played On as the anticipation is turned into a sound with an epic feel to by drums and a charged guitar riff. Tracks that surely improve with the size of your headphones, these both show the talent and versatility of AudioWhores.
Decayed Words shows the twin worlds of Audiowhores in harmony as it manages to be funky whilst having an edge. The energy steps up half way through as the sound hardens and the latin feel increases. 42 Hand Man show’s a glimpse of the AudioWhores from their E.P Fresh Pots. A soft piano and duel vocals from both the singer and a female vocalist start the sone. This peaceful sound is interrupted by crisp drumming and a funk driven new sound. Sounding like their previous E.P AudioWhores continue to show the range of their sound. 42 Hand Man takes on a lounge before winding back down to its opening sound. Before you can feel to blissed out however the drums and a cheeky ‘der der der der’ spur the track into a funk heavy close.
AudioWhores’ self titled album is a crafted and creative piece of work. It is much more an album than a collection of sounds and continuously surprizes as it goes on. An album that challenges anything locally or nationally, it is one you should get in your life! See the video for Slice of Life below.