Lead single, Switchblade, stylishly opens Sparkle Sparkle with its blend of stoner-, indie-, and blues- rock. On paper it doesn’t sound like it should work, but it does, which is due to the strong musicianship on show from all members. Ambrose Lupercal’s swaggering bassline provides the bravado needed to ensure Dean’s vocal delivery is taken as sly charm, Dean and James Manson have crunchy guitar tones that compliments their blues based riffing, and Seth Luloff’s steady drumming binds all the elements together, but not so tightly that the song can’t freely range across its sonic influences. Once you get past the fact that it sounds like Queens of the Stone-Age, or Desert Sessions, Gaver Water is a solid track and using the bass guitar to provide the melody – not a feat many bands attempt, let alone succeed at – demonstrates the confidence Holy White Hounds have approached Sparkle Sparkle with.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 5th May 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.