Damian enjoys the three tracker from Paris

The Random Monsters are a Parisian quartet formed in 2011 consisting of Gaétan Benoits (Guitar), Jefferson Gregoire (Guitar), Thomas Bouvier (Bass) and Sébastien Benoits (Drums).

The band’s self titled debut album came out in 2012 and the follow up is already recorded and ready for release.

“We Pretend It’s All Right” is a three track EP, which has been released as a precursor to the new album.

The opening track “Mason`s Moment” starts quietly then builds up with steady drumming and guitars layered on top, while the bass pounds away menacingly before a change in direction mid way through offers us an ambient almost haunting melody.

Jangling guitars open out “The Winding Way” before quietly sung vocals blend in with the dreamy, melodic almost eerie ambience of this number. A trippy almost post rock noise

Closing track “Fathers” is as a real eclectic offering. It starts quietly with a bleak, ghostly passage then it moves to a more metal rock out feel. It then reprises the ghostly refrain and finally a real rock cum tuneful shoe gazing trip to end it.

This is a real diverse EP, one where you were never quite sure which way it would turn. But saying that a most enjoyable ride nevertheless.

Rating 8 /10