With interests that include washing lines and basements it will come as no surprize that CzechMate create exciting and raw guitar music. Fuzzed up guitars and gritty brit pop vocals slide down your ears easier than an energetic front man on a slippery stage. CzechMate are a five piece from Sittingbourne, though like all the most interesting things they are currently scattered across the country.
As you press play on CzechMate’s E.P Pipe Bombs it soon becomes obvious why the band have play venues such as The 100 Club. The E.P opener is Bus. A charged indie riff instantly captures your attention and builds anticipation. As drums and then punky brit pop vocals come in the anticipation becomes entirely verified. A hooky riff and fast pace drag you along. A powerful bass solo only helps to keep your ears trained in. Ultimately Bus not only sounds exciting and urgent, but reminds you why the back of the bus is the only place to sit.
The sense of style and swagger established by CzechMate only increases as the Pipe Bombs E.P continues with Ties and Lies as CzechMate take a swing at business culture. Short and punchy, Ties and Lies delivers it’s swing with a sharp riff, vocal harmonies and a chorus the whole band pitch in on. The drums take the stage in With Me. Fiery guitars help a drum build up to drop into another track that drips with so much indie swagger that it probably leaves a puddle, just a little heads up for you. Driven by strong drumming With Me shows a more desperate side to CzechMate as the track begs ‘Just be with me/The one for me’. Tonight ends the Pipe Bombs E.P on a similarly emotional tone. A slow and inviting riff reminiscent of Modest Mouse starts Tonight, setting the tone for the track. Warm drumming and vocals intoned with care cruise out your speakers and show CzechMate in a new light. Tonight represents a new level of relaxation from CzechMate, but they still manage to sneak in a cheeky guitar solo.
At four tracks long the Pipe Bombs E.P is too short and will leave you wanting more. All the elements of CzechMate come together perfectly to make a highly listenable and accomplished E.P. It’s no one wonder Bus was picked up by BBC Introducing Kent whilst With Me has been played by GU2 Radio and ourselves. All that’s left is for you to check it out. Find a link to CzechMate’s music with two demo tracks up for free download and related posts below.
- Ties and Lies
- With Me