This four-song EP can barely contain the wailing vocals of Maggie MacDonald, whose heady, unravelling lyrics leads this energetic art punk project. It’s co-piloted vocally by Marlena Kaesler, who adds the perfect counter-melody to the frenetic fury of You’re Only Lonely.
The Succession EP, sharply recorded, mixed and mastered by Andrew McAllister, captures the manic energy of this Toronto-based collective. The rumbling bass stylistics of Jonny Dovercourt provide rich soil from which the songs reach upwards and outwards, while Steve Sidoli’s drumming is just strong enough to guide the music into new territories. The last song, Rip You Apart, is a shrapnel-spewing, throat-slashing, arterial-blood-spraying anthem of human destruction that finds the Republic of Safety performing at their peak.
This EP is 12 minutes of near-brilliance that combines subtle social observations and searing charisma with raw-meat rock ’n’ roll musicianship. A fitting grand finale.
Republic of Safety’s last gig is at Sneaky Dee’s Saturday (January 26).