We don’t normally start a review with the summary of our thoughts of the music, but this isn’t the normal because in two days’ time, 18th June 2021, a band from Birmingham are going to make a big statement releasing what we think is the best EP of the year so far, The Novus are onto something special here and we are stating a claim this band will be big!
‘Thaleia Standing’ was produced by Gavin Monaghan at the Magic Garden Studio and instantly you can recognise his hand print all over this EP, if you’re a fan of The Blinders you are going to fall in love with this collection of songs.
Opening the EP is the menacing heavy soaked bass driven ‘I Serve Not’ like a ship rocking from one wave to the next with the risk of going under, ‘I Serve Not’ is a catchy adrenaline pumping which is well worthy of the opening act of this EP.
‘Hate is Cancer’ has more of a confident post punk feel about it, its fast beats with the foundations of the drum set pounding the well-trodden pavement outside of your house, the genre of post punk only works when the track has multiple levels and a rich and powerful vocal performance and ‘Hate is Cancer’ has both of these qualities in spades.
‘Overdriven’ and ‘Castaway’ in the middle of the arrangement couldn’t be any more different to each other if you tried. If you didn’t know better you would say these two tracks came from two different bands. ‘Overdriven’ carries on with the theme of the first three records and the recently released ‘Castaway’ has more of a psychedelic etched flair of the must listen to Brit Pop era, by placing these two songs together in the EP shows off the ability the band has to change direction as they please in their musical journey when they chose to do so.
‘Journey With No End’ has strong sense of taking all the songs from before and moulding them into one record, it’s a calmer way to end the EP from the electric start and you can’t help to think this would be a great way to end a live gig on a roaring close.
There’s a psychedelic working class council-estate energy filled passion which runs through the whole of this EP, what more can we say your musical life and world will be enriched if you let The Novus in! This will be our first 5 Hooks out of 5 in over a year, well done we’re buying the EP!
Written by Kess Anthony