By Gary Jackson
If David Lynch decides to make any more movies in the vein of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Fire Walk With Me or Lost Highway then he should definitely give Those Amongst Us Are Wolves the nod to score it for him if Chaotic Love Stories and Irrational Behaviour is anything to go by. This 5 track EP from Mark, Chris, Tom and Joshua has multiple layers and nuances just like a Lynch script. The music is instrumental "prog-post rock" according to the Press Release from the band who hail from the Midlands in the UK.
The first track 'And So You Thought The Sky's The Limit' opens up with eerie sirens and minimalist guitar and then the layers start with little twists and turns that ensure the song never gets boring building up into a pulsing rhythm overlayed with haunting guitar melodies. More of the same for 'The Speed Of A Life' with a slow build up with subtle surprises hidden in the mix that requires multiple listens to fully appreciate before the tribal Tom's kick in.
'Strange Attractors Pt.1' is a spoken word track that states "Formula's work, that is why formula's are written" and the musical formula created by Those Amongst Us Are Wolves certainly does work slicing open the aural arteries and bleeding into 'Strange Attractors Pt.2' a really catchy up-tempo feel good song, the part of the Lynch movie giving you the false sense of happiness, that everything is going to be okay. Then BOOM everything isn't okay and your plunged back into the tense nightmare world that is 'Jakob's Ladder' a nine minute cinematic soundscape building into pure prog rock bliss. I would imagine that live all the songs on the EP could be open to extended jams and I would like to hear the different paths these would take.
I recommend getting the earphones on and take a ride on the tube or bus through the city and watch people go about their daily routines with Chaotic Love Stories and Irrational Behaviour playing as the soundtrack it will definitely improve your journey and invoke and provoke your mind with a different ending movie every day and Those Amongst Us Are Wolves are required listening for this very reason.