We first introduced you to Grue at the start of this year with their first full length release, Casualty of the Psychic Wars, and now they’re back with their latest EP, Rake. The EP consists of two tracks; one original song and the title track, which is a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s song of the same title.
All Mortal Greatness Is But Disease is a great opener; it has a fantastic energy and driving force behind it which keeps the track moving from start to finish, yet there’s also this innate darkness to it, which is excellent, and you can really see the natural progression from their last release. It’s like Grue have taken everything that made Casualty of the Psychic Wars good, and combined it into one track, which is certainly promising for future releases from the outfit.
The cover of Rake is an interesting take on the Townes Van Zandt classic that the band has certainly made their own. The vocals are especially strong here, which almost give off a feeling of despair, and the instrumentation gives the song a new lease of life. Grue have really made the track their own and it translates fantastically into their style.
Overall, Rake is another good release from Grue and it’ll be interesting to see what direction they’ll take when it comes to their next album.