Anthemic, straying from the mainstream and pleasant, indie-punk three-piece Calva Louise have managed to carve out an endearing niche for themselves with their debut album Rhinoceros.
Hailing from all corners of the world- with Venezuelan front-woman Jess Allanic, Kiwi Ben Parker on drums, and Frenchman Alizon Taho on bass – it’s no surprise that their music comes across other-worldly; transcending borders.
Ten tracks all jammed packed with unbridled energy, starts off with Sync Favourite I Heard A Cry, which hooks you right from the first notes. Previous singles Outrageous and I’m Gonna Do Well melodic, slow-build and satirical in its presentation, have much the same effect.
Calva Louise – I Heard A Cry
The threesome’s DIY-punk soundscape is mellowed out and balanced perfectly with tracks like Down The Stream and Spanish-tinged No Hay, both of which take a softer approach.
The trio seem unafraid to experiment with their sound as track Getting Closer stands out for its unique indie-psychedelic qualities. Another highlight is Tug Of War, as the guitars and soaring vocals instantly catch your attention.
Other highlights come in toward the end of the record, in the form of dance-worthy track Cruel Girl and Down The Stream which calms you with its tranquil instrumentation and lyricism.
Final anthemic track Out Of Use is the perfect way to exit a production that showcases immense talent, as it adopts everything Rhinoceros has stood for – outrageous energy, captivating vocals, and a story of the world in which we live and the people that inhabit it.
Calva Louise’s brand of spiky, raucous and melodic punk rejects the mainstream, and sets out a manifesto for what we should be listening to.
Review by Malvika Padin
Header photo by Keira Cullinane
Calva Louise – Tug Of War
Calva Louise – Outrageous