Rieser – Drinking Den E.P (None) 4/05/09

May 5, 2009 by  


Two years on from the release of their debut album, Rieser are back with their new four track E.P Drinking Den. Once tipped to be the next big thing to come out of Scotland the Edinburgh four piece haven?t quite lived up to the hype yet. Sounding like a new wave Idlewild, lead track Drinking Den is a brooding ode, played over an acoustic backdrop. With all the layered swirling guitars the song begins to sound like it could become a future indie anthem. However, the repetitive and simplistic chorus does very little to excite and consequently the song never reaches the level of intensity it sets out to achieve.

However, the rest of the songs on the E.P are a vast improvement. Track three Call Me Round, is a song built in the early nineties indie tradition. Again it sees the band adopt an acoustic approach with an abundance of layered guitars over the top, yet this time it really works. The song builds into a unifying anthem and the brilliant chorus is sung with real intensity and earnestness.

Drinking Den is very much an E.P of unfulfilled promises, but there is enough on show here to make Rieser still worth keeping an eye on.


By Chris Cummins