You’d be forgiven for thinking that a band is either eccentric or attempting to cover up poor musical ability when they use “off kilter is on point” as a guiding mantra, right? When it comes to The Infants, it’s definitely the former. Their music is most definitely off-kilter – but that doesn’t mean that it’s sub-par.
I found their music to be really hard to place; I couldn’t decide on a genre after my first listen, and even after my third run-through I was still a bit iffy on what I’d class it as. My best guess? Somewhere between alt-rock and trance. Yeah, it’s that hard to place. Low Rumble is dark, moody and, at times, a little weird. Despite all of the above, it still works – it might be a little off-putting at first, but once you take the plunge you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Blaise Adamson’s ethereal vocals are front-and-centre and set the mood for each track – more often than not drawing listeners in with her soft croon. Accompanying Adamson’s vocals is a solid rhythm section – bassist Chris Morse stands out with his steady, thudding basslines, providing the perfect background to frenetic guitar and steady drums. This sort of music may not immediately appeal to a casual listener – it took a few run-throughs for me to really ‘get’ The Infants’ style – but if you put in the effort, you can discover a really interesting sound.
If you like your music moody and a little avant-garde, this is an EP you’re sure to enjoy.
By Alastair McGibbon