Peralta – 4-Song EP

4-Song EP

I actually had the chance to see Peralta play with Planes Mistaken for Stars and a bunch of other bands at a house show in Detroit a few weeks ago. The live show was impressive enough to make me curious about the band, so I plunked down a five-spot for this EP and went happily on my way. After listening to the disc a few times, I almost feel like I ripped the band off only dropping a fiver on this.
Peralta’s guitar sound is what really gets me with each listen. Each track here has a sort of violent fluidity to it, making every single chord seem like the most powerful thing that could possibly be coming out of the stereo speakers at any given moment. While the guitar sound never wavers, the guitar style changes frequently, creating a very powerful, urgent aura during the course of the EP. “Backlash,” for example, starts off sounding like a B-52’s/No Means No hybrid before kicking out some serious left-right math rock chordage and piling on a piano lick straight out of the New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis.” The vocals sound a bit like a sober Stiv Bators, but they seem like mere parsley next to the meat-and-potatoes guitar work. Things pick up as the track grinds on, finally winding up back at the B-52’s/NMN tone that started the whole mess off.
“Two in the Bush” kicks the EP off in grand fashion, a three-minute romp built on a bed of jagged guitars that evoke tones of the first Third Harmonic Distortion CD. When the vocals call, “Good night, sleep tight,” the guitars rip the statement to shreds in nightmarish fashion. Intensity, thy name is Peralta. “Sorry” reminds me a lot of Fugazi in the vocal respect, thought the bass-driven track comes off more along the lines of THD and Lungfish. “Pryor’s Song” is probably the most easily accessible song on the EP, toning down the jagged edges of the guitar sound until the chorus, though Peralta makes up for the more controlled portions of the song by throwing out a pretty wicked guitar break to make the mood a bit darker again.
I had serious issues describing this EP 13-minute EP without writing a dictionary length dissertation. Peralta’s put together a four-song EP that manages to evoke images of tons of bands without actually relying too much on sounding like any one of them. The guitars are as brutal as anything I’ve ever heard (even though they’re kept a bit understated in the mix), the rhythm section is intense, and the vocals really complement the abrasive guitar tones. I feel like a big fat whore going off about such a short release this way, but this stuff is pretty damned amazing. Recommended in a big way for guitar rock fans.