The L.A. quartet Ramonda Hammer just released a gem of a 5 song EP that is full of tight rhythms and guttural vocals. The band’s Destroyers EP melds the past and present with trickles of 90’s indie grunge laid across hooky riffs and interesting chord progressions. Devin Davis, lead singer writes blunt affecting lyrics backed against a delightfully listenable backdrop. Destroyers is a heavy hitting follow-up to last years debut record, Whatever That Means.
The opening track “Destroyers” is guitar heavy and focus goes directly to Davis’ lyrics fused with the musical stylings of Andy Hengl, Justin Geter and Mark Edwards. Davis’ gritty vocals are what grunge pop dreams are made of. It’s a milkshake of Bully, Speedy Ortiz and Dilly Dally with all the 90’s hard hitters sprinkled on top. “Bender” is tight with constant changes that keep it interesting and emotionally raw.
“Too Much Too Recently” is about an inter-band relationship that is no more. This track showcases a more melancholic side to Ramonda Hammer with jangly dreamy guitar sound against truthful and autobiographical lyrics. “Care 2 Slam” is bass heavy and engaging while closing track “Same Thing” shows the versatility of the band.
Ramonda Hammer have created a new sound, distancing themselves enough away from what was to focus on an extremely likable alt-grunge pop vibe. Destroyers is fierce, guitar-heavy and is sure to please from start to finish.