words by tom johnson
Kicking around the scruffy edges of the Scottish musical map for a while now, Wendell Borton, now Glasgow-based, take a raucous leap forward, limbs flailing, exuberance palpable, with the release of their brand new EP, Crawl, which follows on from last year’s debut and is released via brand new label Milenci Records.
Their strongest work to-date, Crawl manages to take little dashes of influences while still sounding resoundingly like their own creation. A dollop of PAWS here, a sprinkling of Savage Mansion there, the three tracks here are emphatic and immediate, skewed guitars meeting the clattering percussion and slurred vocals in a whirlwind of energy. Make no mistake, however, for all of its charming vivacity there’s plenty of melodic consideration here too, a sense of understanding about what makes this kind of reckless guitar-pop not just fun and fruitful but meaningful too.
A big, bold whack of pop music just when we needed it most, the full EP is released next week but you can stream it all right here and now. Check it out below.
Madhatters, Inverness – 28/4/17
13th Note, Glasgow – 2/5/17