EP Review: Unpeople – self-titled (2024 EP)

Unpeople emerges as a brilliant beacon in today’s rock scene with their debut self-titled EP, encapsulating a vibrant fusion of punk, metal, and alternative sounds. This band, comprised of former Press to Meco members Jake Crawford and Luke Caley, alongside bassist Meg Mash and drummer Richard Rayner, showcases an impressive synergy and musical craftsmanship. Each track on this dynamic EP serves as a testament to their raw energy and innovative spirit.

“Waste” kicks off the album with a striking guitar riff that feels plucked straight out of the early ’90s grunge era, blending effortlessly with spirited vocals and harmonies. The track captures an infectious energy reminiscent of Green Day meshed with the punk nuances of Neck Deep, marked by memorable melodies and an exuberant vibe that sets a high bar for the rest of the album.

“Smother” elevates the intensity with its heavy, grungy beginnings and a vocal delivery that adds a bit of edge, echoing the gritty spirit of ’90s and early 2000s rock. The song’s structure is captivating, with a dramatic slow-down in the final third before a powerful build-up, complemented by impactful gang vocals in the background, adding a communal feel to the sonic explosion.

The third track, “Overthinking,” dials back slightly with a vibe that channels the playful early works of Blink-182, from its groovy guitar riffs to the lively drums. It maintains the album’s theme with a big chorus and a stripped-down verse, culminating in a robust outro that keeps the listener engaged with its layers and textures.

“Going Numb” returns to the grungy, emo roots, yet stands out with its cleaner vocal execution and a particularly catchy melody in the first verse. The track features a robust instrumental break followed by a more intimate verse, showcasing the band’s ability to balance intensity with vulnerability.

Closing the album, “Moon Baboon” is a dramatic departure that starts with an ethereal a capella melody, setting a dreamlike stage before diving into heavier, scream-laden sections. This track is a rollercoaster of emotions and styles, beautifully oscillating between serene melodies and intense breakdowns, making it a powerful end to the EP.

Unpeople’s debut is a thrilling ride through the realms of punk, metal, and alternative rock, demonstrating not only exceptional musical skill but also a remarkable ability to keep the listener guessing. With such a strong start, it’s clear that this band has a bright future, and their evolution will be one to watch closely in the rock genre. Their ability to blend diverse influences while maintaining a cohesive sound makes this EP not just promising, but a compelling introduction to their potential.


Unpeople is out now.