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Two Headed Coin – Self Titled EP
Usually the discovery of the two headed coin, is the result of an error of the mint. The debut EP from the Basingstoke, UK indie band Two Headed Coin, is certainly no error, but has every bit the value of a rare two-headed coin. To call this group indie rock would be every bit a disservice. This EP is no less than a three track journey through the various stages of punk that the world has been exposed to over the past 30 years. Familiar, yet refreshing, Two Headed Coin masters the tightrope of the original and prosaic.
The first track, “Lego Heart” screams with strong influences of garage punk, the listener is immediately taken to a well orchestrated tightrope of the fast moving driving sounds that had to have been inspired by The Clash with a touch New Bomb Turks with a dash of Violent Femmes added in for just a little bit of flavor.
The second track of the EP, “Pick Up A Stone”, takes the listener fondly to the storyline of an 80’s John Hughes film. The emotionally revealing sound that was captured by the complexity of the new wave movement which always was accentuated by balladic hooks, is skillfully portrayed with the hook “You know in your heart, you ought to stay, but you go”exposes the angst and trials of young love.
With the full expectation of continuing down the John Hughes route, refreshingly, the listener is exposed to the moving bassline in “Stella Fella.” The final track of the EP shows the listener that the post-punk sound made widely acceptable by bands such as the Artic Monkeys is still alive and well, evolving and growing, taking the world to a new sound.
Unlike most indie records, which at times can become dull from a repetitive, often indistinguishable sound without any clear direction, this EP shows the wide amplitude of style and sound that Two Headed Coin possesses. This debut EP from Two Headed Coin, gives a wide range of punk that exposes the novice listener to this complex world. The fusion of solid drums by Niall Kirkland, vocals of Chris Holden and Pete Cowans, complimented with Sam Cooper on the bass reveal a quality performance of a band that certainly has a bright future ahead.
Rating: 4/5 Stars!
Album Name: Two Headed Coin
Date Released: June, 2012
Genre(s): Indie, punk, post-punk
Location: Basingstoke, UK
Band Members: Chris Holden (guitar+vocals), Pete Cowans (guitar+vocals), Sam Cooper (bass quitar), Niall Kirkland (drums)
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