Sourdough – “Holocene’s ending” Single review

Image3We truly do not know how Vandalism Begins @ Home are doing it, but they are releasing some of the most ambitious music on the indie market these days. From the dreamy Peachstone, grunge inspired Sean Grant & The Wolfgang to cold wave influenced Luna Rosa – all their acts are raising musical bar very high for other independent labels to follow. Their newest find, Sourdough are probably their most avantgarde release yet but they fit well with the others.

Despite its name, Sourdough is not an ingredient in the Great British Bake Off’s bread making challenge or a new fad in the most recent miraculous celebrity diet advertised on Instagram. This Bedfordshire trio merges punk, noise and alternative art rock into one super explosive mixture that is getting a lot of attention lately on the underground scene. Their recent single, “Holocene’s Ending” came out on Friday and our ears are still ringing after giving it a spin.

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Single cover

First thing you need to know about the band is – they are loud. And they can play faster than Elon Musk is tweeting. They are also much more enjoyable than reading Tesla’s boss rather dubious intellectual exchanges with Twitter’s CEO, Parag Agrawal. Here we go again, we are getting political, yet it can’t be helped as the song itself is a bit political. It is also poetic. If the lyrics were published in a literary magazine and nobody knew it was originally a song, you’d have a socially conscious piece of poetry. And a very fine poetry at that. Much better than some artsy-fartsy Mancunian lads that fancy themselves writers.

Sourdough is unique for two reasons. One is the unusual, very melodic timbre of Jacob Kyte’s voice. The other is the band is not afraid to play a rather difficult type of rock music. They put Pavement, Fugazi and Sonic Youth as their main influences and I could point to Cake, Cracker and Helium/Polvo as well. So many times, we receive press release notes where bands swear upon everything holy that their music is rooted in this and that genre and when we are actually listening to the track, we can’t not agree with anything they say. In case of Sourdough, their music is exactly as described on the tin (or in their EPK). 10 points to the band for being accurate and knowing their roots!


Picture by Liam Smith

With such diverse influences, it is hard to put Sourdough in a box, and frankly, it would do them more harm than good trying to classify them with just a single label or two. What we have in “Holocene’s Ending” is a masterful twinning of several genres – surf rock, southern alt rock, rockabilly, art/experimental rock, lo-fi, noise, grunge, post grunge, post hardcore. Those are not very well-known genres in Europe but highly respected on the other side of the Pond in the alternative circles. Sadly, this could mean a big problem for the band – it will be very hard for them to find audience who will truly understand and appreciate them. Especially in the UK as they do not sound like anything the British listeners are used to hearing on the radio and on indie nights in venues.


Picture by Kane Howie

Sourdough is one of those artistic bands that would fare very well on the American market. Again, with Brexit and raising costs of releasing music and distribution, their chances of going over there for a tour are limited. It takes so much money to do it these days that even popular artists like Little Sims are unable to cope. I’m not even sure what to suggest to remedy this situation. If it wasn’t for the financial limitations, UK artists would start a second British invasion a couple of years ago – we really have a fantastic selection of new music!

“Holocene’s Ending” is a very solid, interesting track with an important message about climate change and the destruction of natural world. Produced by Ben “Faz” Farestvedt (Low Girl, Salpa Sarpa), it heralds an incoming debut EP. I’m looking forward to it, just please, do not let me down guys!

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“Holocene’s Ending” is out of Vandalism Begins @ Home on 20th of May 2022.

Rita Dabrowicz

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