Words by Dein Moore @deingerous1
Sheepy’s latest EP, ‘Wild’, is a trip down the psychedelic lane with a healthy dose of pop hooks and ska-punk riffs and beats to make sure the trip is permanently engrained in your brain. It’s a pleasurable trip, however, so you wont feel so guilty in the morning.
The psychedelic influences – Sixties-ish in tone and sound – are instantly felt and never quite let go throughout the whole EP. ‘Wild’ [listen below], the first track, is a more simple and fun tune; ‘Stressmongers’ is more rebellious, laden over a ska-punk beat. And I quite like the word Stressmongers, which I think I’ll adopt to my everyday life from now on. ‘Jeremiah Horrocks’ is a paean to the 17th-century Toxteth astronomer who discovered the lunar Transits of Venus (yes, Google was very helpful in this bit of trivia) and another ska-style beat is its driving force. Lastly, ‘Life is Like a Ghost Train’ (which is my personal favourite of the bunch, not that you asked…) has quite a spooky waltz-vibe to it, an almost carnival-type sound, which – like a carnival – starts off laden in optimism with a slow crash into a neon-coloured sadness.
Overall, ‘Wild’ is a great listen, Sheepy have a great mixture of complementary sounds throughout the tracks presented here. ‘Life is like a Ghost Train’ is something I’ll be keeping in my own personal playlist for a while to come and I’m certainly looking forward to hearing more from Sheepy in the near future.
'Wild' is out on 29 June
See Sheepy live:
Thursday 25 June: 229 The Venue, London W1
Sunday 5 July: Wonkfest, The Dome, London NW5