In recent years rock duos seem to have become more frequent, most notably with Brighton-based Royal Blood being propelled to fame with the release of their debut self-titled album, and, Twenty-One Pilots receiving worldwide acclaim by not only taking over the more alternative scene but reaching mainstream audiences as well. Usually with a combination of only two instruments sometimes it’s a wonder how duos manage to sound so big although it’s something that some do pull off wonderfully, and, with Huxtable this appears to also be the case.
Scottish alternative rock duo Huxtable present a hard-hitting riff based sound taking influence from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. Their new EP Change Shape Future showcases their versatile sound in just under 15 minutes across the five songs.
Recent single ‘Super Toxic’ is perhaps the best moment on the record, edging on the poppier side of punk. Vocalist Jordan Yates and drummer Marc William Brown, who also provides some excellent harmonies, display the full force of their combined vocal ability during the fast-paced chorus. The chorus is also backed-up by a dancey guitar line and some upbeat drums that are sure to get you at least bopping your head and tapping your feet.
‘Break It Hard’ demonstrates the bands heavier side, setting a darker mood with some intricate guitar riffs and powerful hard-hitting vocals. In contrast, ‘Don’t Do Anything Fancy’ while still quite dark and brooding includes some rather groovy upbeat drums, and a surprising but effective kazoo appearance toward the end of the song.
With Change Shape Future Huxtable are proving that duos can indeed sound as big and sometimes even bigger than a four or five-piece rock band. Amongst all the versatility shown throughout the five songs there’s a sense of experimentation that reflects on a band that are still searching for their defined sound, however in Huxtable’s case the amount of experimentation works in their favour as it keeps you hooked from start to finish.