Review: Japanese Voyeurs, Yolk

By Georgi Bomb

Grunge is back and has been blessed with a delicate and feminine form. Vocalist Romily Alice’s soft and sugar-coated voice lifts the droning, dark riffs which surprisingly, doesn’t overpower the daintiness, probably because it doesn’t stay dainty for too long as she unleashes a roaring beast from within. 

Debut album Yolk makes for an ambitious start as opening tracks, You’re So Cool and Dumb drag the listener kicking and screaming down memory lane, back to the 90s. The world of  Courtney Love and Brody Dalle are clearly an influence however this generation’s replacement does lack a slight element of kick that the aforementioned singers possessed.

Single Cry Baby has an overwhelming hook to it, one of the stronger songs on the album. It moves around in tone a lot, building intensity and the chorus is a decent  headbanger.

Heavily advisable if one is into the Dresden Dolls or even Smashing Pumpkins and a definite appeal to the goth fans more than the metal perhaps. This five-piece do seem to sit quite happily in the middle of the two genres and fail to really push the album anywhere.

Not to be too negative; they shouldn’t be dismissed that quickly as there is something enjoyable about them. There is a quality of darkness and the whole album is very gritty and dirty as hell. Jumping about from light to heavy which keeps things interesting although as each song progresses into something hopeful, it starts to sound exactly like Hole.

There is a lot of potential in the Japanese Voyeurs  but they just lack something to give them a decent edge and unfortunately it all falls short. It is a shame to say but they do seem a bit dated and to be honest, the world really doesn’t need a grunge revival.

Tracks to check out: Cry Baby, Milk Teeth, You’re So Cool.

Yolk by Japanese Voyeurs is released on July 11 and catch them on tour supporting Slash at the following dates:

July 08 Sonisphere, Knebworth
July 09 Bilbao BBK, Spain
July 12 London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (Album launch show!)
July 20 Birmingham Academy w/ SLASH
July 21 Manchester Apollo  w/ SLASH
July 24 Stoke  Victoria Hall  w/ SLASH
July 25 Leeds Academy w/ SLASH

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