“…‘Omphalic’ is emotively conquering…”
“A Child of grunge comes of age.” – The Herald
To celebrate Omphalic‘s release, Algernon Doll are giving away album track ‘Justine’ which you can download via the ABoF SoundCloud.
The album sees Ewan Grant break out from his one man band persona as he continues to hone and perfect an alternative guitar sound that harks back to a sound reminiscent of early 90’s grunge. At just 24 years old, Grant is carving out a place in the hearts and minds of fans and critics alike and has already released two critically acclaimed albums, Camomile and Citalo-pop, that has seen him compared to the likes of Elliott Smith. On Omphalic Algernon Doll really cuts loose and pulls on influences ranging from Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins to The Jesus Lizard and Mudhoney to produce an up-tempo, driven rock album that is both rich in its abrasive qualities as well as creating memorable hooks and choruses that are willingly addictive.
The video for Suicide was premiered on The Skinny – with the video and the track itself capturing the sweaty, youth infused spirit of grunge, but with an Algernon Doll edge. You can watch the video on Algernon Doll’s YouTube channel.
Tracks such as first single Spilt Milk Perfume, ‘Justine’ and ‘Candy Striped’, offer a reflective sound with chiming guitars, poignant lyrics and unforgettable hooks that are comparable to the likes of Sebadoh in their pomp. While, ‘Tamed’, ‘Suicide’ and ‘Fellate’ have an angriness and causticity that has Nirvana written all over it.
Omphalic was mastered by Bob Weston of the mighty Shellac, who has production credits on a host of classic records such as Nirvana’s In-Utero, Shipping News, Missions of Burma, Chavez, June of 44, Rachel’s and LCD Soundsystem. Algernon Doll features Ewan (guitar & vocals), Wull Swales (bass & backing vocals) and Owen Wicksted (drums) with Ewan and Tom Mitchell also playing drums on the record.
With support already pouring in from the likes of The Herald and Rock Sound Magazine, Algernon Doll has been spreading the word of his new release by playing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend as well as a number of shows in the UK, and will be taking the stage at Wickerman Festival. Later this year, Ewan plans to record more tracks, this time with legendary producer Steve Albini.
Check out Algernon Doll’s live show at one of the dates below:
3rd July – Opium – Edinburgh
5th July – Shetfest – Lerwick