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Cabbage have come for your synthesizers

"Terrorist Synthesizer"

Release date: 25 November 2016
16 December 2016, 11:35 Written by Lauren Wade
​Hotly tipped Manchester quintet Cabbage’s latest is the final EP in their current trilogy of releases. Terrorist Synthesizer follows on from September’s Uber Capitalist Death Trade EP and October’s Necroflat In The Palace EP. How’s that for some titles.

The four-track record, released on James Skelly of The Coral's Skeleton Key Records, sees Cabbage refusing to let the momentum of their noise and success die down. The title track is one you'll be familiar with if you've witnessed their racket live, a take on former Prime Minister David Cameron's dismissal of Labour supporters as terrorist sympathizers that sounds like an early Palma Violets offcut in patches.

"The Road to Wigan Pier" starts with a punchy guitar riff before moving on to a heavy social and political commentary. Kicking off with talk of "when Hitler occupied the Rhineland", the track brews into a harmonised scrappiness of which The Libertines would be proud.

Cabbage's thrilling sound plunges into unfamiliar territory with a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Were Made For Walking" and the omnipresent chaos continues. The five-piece's heavier take on the track is as exhilirating as their own material and sees them conjure up a sound that achieves maximum intensity, before closing turn "Because You're Worth It" sees them turn the cacophony down a notch.

Their brand of scruffy, infectious alt-rock has seen them fare well throughout 2016, and as an outsider bet on the BBC Sound of 2017 list, they've got an even bigger year ahead of them.

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