With a visceral yet nuanced vocal style, frontman, guitarist and songwriter Danny Byrom finds influence between Bright Eyes
and Charles Bukowski
. Max Boughen (guitar), Chris Whitehorn (bass) and Joe Caple (drums) complete the immersive sonic backdrop. As personal and lyrically charged as ever, their new songs find Byrom ruminating on life, death and memory, painting a sad and candid landscape shot through with glimpses of light.
Whereas their most recent EP I Want to Be the White That Sleeps Inside Your Bones
boasted huge instrumental soundscapes, each song averaging 8 minutes in length, Wild Cat Strike maintain their experimental charm and flair for sonic abrasion but now confine it to a more disciplined format. That’s not to say that the cacophony isn’t there; it is. These days, however, it is concentrated into succinct and arresting songs that hook hard on the heartstrings, and demand repeat listens as they criss-cross in and out of chaos.