Album Review: Air Drawn Dagger – Songs To Fight the Gods To (Silent Cult Records)

By: Jesse Striewski

It’s becoming less and less common for me to come across a completely original new band that I really dig. and although I realize such statements may sound like nothing more than the ramblings of some bitter old dude, there’s a certain truth that many bands that come along nowadays just don’t pack the same punch as many of those who have come before them.

Such is not the case with Air Drawn Dagger, a young three-piece outfit hailing from the U.K. who I was pleasantly surprised by when deciding to give their new EP, Songs To Fight The Gods To, a legitimate try.

At first glance of their music video for “You Should Have Known Better,” I initially got some Billie Eilish vibes from singer Maisie (whose commanding yet elegant presence is impossible to take your eyes off of while performing). But once things started truly going into full effect, I could tell these newcomers had something different going for them, and was reminded more of late ’90s/early ’00s rockers Tsunami Bomb instead.

Other tracks like “Stigmata” “Title Fight,” and “GhostsGhostsGhosts (Phantoms),” keeps this five song EP floating along nicely. One minute any one of these given tracks might be barreling at full force, only to reach an unexpected piano-driven breakdown, keeping things diverse and interesting.

I’m sure there’s a number of things I would probably disagree with the young members of Air Drawn Dagger if you were to put us all in a room together to talk politics. But one thing is for sure, we would certainly see eye-to-eye on how to rock out appropriately if we ever did.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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