by Thomas Bedward February 02, 2021
Forming back in 2017, EGxBH, more formally known as Eugeine Grey and The Bad Habits, set about making music with a singular vision in mind. Rather than looking to reinvent the wheel, they decided simply to follow in the footsteps of those who came before them, piecing together sounds, styles, and creative elements from rock pioneers to create their own signature sound. A talented fourpiece of Patrick Goray, Mike Arturi, Brad Haptas, and Shaun Meek, the band took to the local Chicago scene like a house on fire, pushing their sound to the limit with two vibrant singles, ‘She Gone’ and their latest offering, the visceral ‘Altered Beings’.
Opening onto a tempered stream of dark, rolling bass tones, ‘Altered Beings’ claws its way into focus with an undeniable and unrelenting weight. Bolstered by heavy-hitting drums that seem to apply a calculated pressure to the mix, and howling, restrained guitar chords, the single effortlessly crafts a dynamic post-punk sound that rattles with stark industrial overtones. Through the maelstrom of sound, the vocals break, bringing a visceral intensity that hits hard and then keeps on hitting.
Raw and unrepentant, ‘Altered Beings’ holds firm to a dark central melody that brings it all together, pinning the individual moments of brilliance together with an iron fist. It’s absolutely impossible to ignore, cutting firmly into your consciousness with a jagged edge and heavy rock heart.
Inspired by the likes of All Them Witches, Queens of the Stone Age, Fugazi, Aktar, and Highly Suspect, the band's new single is a wonderfully illustrative example of the “blood pumping, hard-hitting, rock-n-roll unstoppable force” that they boast. Perfect in its raw, unpolished form, ‘Altered Beings’ is a damning statement of intent from a band that we’ll definitely be keeping our eye on.
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