We Are Carnivores – ‘Theodor’s A Don, Bro’ EP Review

Theodor's A Don, Bro ArtworkI’ll be brutally honest, some music reviews are easier to write than others. And some are just downright impossible. This one falls firmly into the latter. It’s not that the EP is bad – quite the opposite, in fact it’s bordering on brilliant. The band have masses of personality, which comes across in their music, and are clearly very good at what they do. It’s just that, I can’t really describe what it is they actually do! To say they’ve taken the mathcore genre and evolved it by going backwards is about the best I can do. And that just doesn’t explain it at all! By its very nature, mathcore/math-rock doesn’t make sense. And, to that end, this EP follows that trend. Starting with the title, ‘Theodor’s A Don, Bro’ – totally unexplainable. Then there’s the closing track ‘I’m Not An Alcoholic, I just Collect Bottles’ which features quite possibly the strangest track title ever and a mid-song Customer Service skit which borders on the bizarre. And across the 4 tracks, more electronic/synth/reverb/distortion wizardry than previously thought possible. It’s like the mutant offspring of the 1980’s New Romantic era and the Indie/Britpop of the late 90’s/early-2000’s walked into a studio moments after taking an overdose-inducing amount of psychotropic drugs and started making music. There’s elements of rock, metalcore, post-hardcore, punk, funk and goodness knows what else. This is the sort of music that your parents would say is “just noise”. Which, to be fair, on first listen is probably true. But stick with it and what emerges is pretty darn good. Yes, it’s disjointed (both individually and as a whole), most of the lyrics are indiscernible (and the ones that aren’t won’t win any Ivor Novello awards “Walk to the shop/For a leccy top-up” for example) and there’s more musical layers than you would think possible from a trio. But that’s exactly the point. It’s melodic with barely any melodies, the vocals are often all over the place yet fit perfectly, and the range of musical styles on ‘You Can’t Argue With Sharks’ (from pop-punk through to metalcore) really shouldn’t work but it does, and is quite possibly the best song on a seriously good EP. If math rock isn’t making a resurgence yet, it surely will after this EP hits the masses. Whatever you do, don’t just listen to it once. Just stick it on loop and revel in the (dis)organised chaos that’ll pump out of your speakers, knowing that whilst everyone else is listening to the mainstream, you’re listening to the future….

Theodor’s A Don, Bro is available now on iTunes, Spotify & Amazon

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