It’s pretty likely that if you’re familiar with the local music scene in Leeds, you will have heard of raw grunge rockers; The Black Isle, and if not, let me introduce you. The Black Isle are a female fronted grunge rock quartet who describe their sound as “trashy, with driven bass and piercing beats”. The band have enjoyed moderate success so far and show no signs of slowing down. Having played the O2 Academy Islington earlier this year and releasing their debut album, “Club 27”, last month.
As far as debut releases go, Club 27 is a pretty solid example of one done right. The opening track, “Animal Inside” is easily one of the highlights of the album. The thumping drums, Rise Against-esque guitar riff and Megan’s Lzzy Hale style vocals , work together excellently to form the bold, wild opener. It’s neighbours “Jewel Box Single” and “Drowning in Frowns” keep the dial turned up to 11. The more Blink -182 pop punk inspired latter and the melodic chugfest of the former provide excellent variety without straying from the core focus of the album.
Halfway through the album is the first single, and more commercially focused “Graffiti Yellow“. A modern rock ballad that would easily feel at home ringing out around small rock clubs and big arenas alike. The drum driven groove of the verse contrasts excellently with the huge arena rock chorus to really make this one of the shining gems on the album.
Despite being a grunge rock album, Club 27 is not without its quieter moments. “Wedding Song” is the penultimate track on the album and acts as a calm before the storm, the storm being the album’s closing track, “Down to Hell“, a ten minute melodic onslaught which is as much influenced by the rock gods of yesteryear as it is the indie bands that ruled the 2010’s.