Enola Gay EP
I was recently pointed in the direction of (by kind request) Croatian rockers Joe 4’s ‘Enola Gay’ EP, a 10”, five-track slice of not wholly original, but certainly high quality rock in the vein of 90’s alt-rock forefathers The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, et al. Each of the five songs is a series of riffs that are a little disjointed, but work the entire time, capturing that sound perfected by their main influences. They can rise out of any perceived lull with a build up of volume and drive, each riff meaning business, and to say I was heartened by this trio’s output on this release isn’t too much of an understatement.
I can’t think of too many bands to have made a name for themselves internationally coming out of Croatia, but I wouldn’t be too saddened at all if Joe 4 found some success on a wider scale. Noise rock is on the rise again, with old stalwarts like Unsane still making a racket and newer types like KEN Mode, The United Sons of Toil and slightly partier types like Dope Body all making a name for themselves. Joe 4 aren’t like any of those bands specifically, and they’re certainly not as harsh as the Canadian trio, owing much more to the classic alt-rock template (particularly Jesus Lizard) as previously mentioned. A little more individuality wouldn’t go amiss, but this is an excellent starter.
‘Enola Gay’ is available through Joe 4’s Bandcamp page as a name-your-price download with physical options also available. You can also stream this bad boy below if you’re still undecided. Crackin’.