Though I’ve no idea who Furious George are, the Melbourne band seem to have been getting happily around the scene under my radar. Sharing stages in support of bands like Belle Haven, Pridelands, and Foxblood, the heavy band have delivered new music this week. Their sophomore EP Paralysis landed on Monday and they hit us up to check it out. The EP was produced, mixed, and mastered by Christopher Vernon, with engineering by Darcy Handley.
I’m coming in fresh to Furious George and their sound, and am intrigued about what I’ll find. Before I started my review, I saw that the band had posted to Facebook that Paralysis is a release of emotion for them and is intended to be taken in as a whole – so that is what I’ll do, and you can come along with me for the ride.
Somewhat uneasy, “An Iteration” opens the EP with an alarming and uncomfortable atmosphere, sinking desperate vocals behind layers of static. A deep and throaty blast and erratic instrumentation have it all seem out of control and sinking toward rock bottom. This all happens within the space of one minute.
Flowing directly into “Yeah Nah, Yeah”, intricate riffs combine with brittle cries. A sense of panic is clear, and my attention goes to the guitar-created ‘story’ which sinks and aches along with the questions of “Oh when will it end?”. Dark of outlook and heavy in confusion, the searing highs and turbulent lows make for a stomach-churning experience. In a more sparse moment with the high riff continuing, it’s nu-metal-esque and eerie, and the instrumentation is capturing my attention more than the bleak vocal contortions that are going on.