Void - Primitive Soul

Blazing a trail out of Blackwood is the prodigious punk quartet Primitive Soul, who have just released their debut Void EP on R*E*P*E*A*T Records.

Possessing the firebrand spirit of early Manics, the raw three-song collection was recorded DIY-style by label founder Richard Rose on his laptop as the band played in a tiny rehearsal space in Pontllanfraith. Its first vinyl pressing sold out within three hours, while a repress is selling equally quickly here


The EP is all the more impressive considering the talented teenagers are only in Year 10, and they used lockdown to immerse themselves in the alternative worlds of The Clash, Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, Sid Vicious and Dave Grohl.

Kicking off with the adrenalised, two-minute rush of Rock and Roll Suicide, the EP starts as it means to go on amid a cacophony of buzzsaw guitars and lyrics spat out with vitriol.

Bathing in a Pool of Your Own Lies melds post-punk bass-lines with overdriven grunge riffs, but the best is kept till last. The title track Void evolves from an understated vocal over a crystalline arpeggio before burning out in a blaze of distorted glory.

In just over 10 minutes of pure energy, Primitive Soul have introduced them to the world - catch them live at Creature Sound on Saturday 6th August (with The Mudd Club, Tom Elyn and more - see here) and The Swansea Fringe (at Crowleys) on Saturday 23 October.


“In today’s messed up world, we just want to make music that people can relate to and trust” – Primitive Soul.

“Reminiscent of those heady early days of the Manics in damp carpet rehearsal rooms where the vision and pathway was laid out, no holds barred. Refreshing to hear a band bearing witness to the realities we face today fused with a post-punk sound akin to Gang of Four or Wire…Ymlaen, we need your voice” - Patrick Jones.

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Review by Neil from Welsh Music Podcast / Podlediad Miwsig Cymreig
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