Soaker, a New York City project, puts out their aggressive self-titled debut. Released by Wharf Cat Records, the music is described as “both a distillation of their ferocious live set and an expansion of scope.” Overall, that is a pretty accurate description for Soaker and their short and fast EP.
A quick listen through and it feels like heavy/horror punk mixed with noise and some metal influences. “Sendhi,” the first track, sounds like a Cancerslug song sung by the Cookie Monster. The gargling and intimidating vocal style can be a bit off-putting at first, but it suits the music. “Honeypot” has a Murder Junkies vibe with reverberated and delayed vocals, some noisy essence, and feedback play. “Vamp” maintains the heavy/horror punk feel while adding some elements stoner metal. The finisher, “Montauk Blues,” is more punk than the others, with basic riffs, fuzzy guitars, and a decent amount of noise play while still grasping onto a stoner metal feel.
During the entirety of the 9 minutes and 17 seconds of the EP, the EP packs short blasts of intense music being pounded into the listener’s ears. It is an aggressive form of art pushed through a punk canvas and framed in noise.