Calva Louise – Rhinoceros

For people who like: Riot Grrl , Bikini Kill, Superchick and Dinosaur Jr.

Calva Louise : is Jess, Alizon and Ben; The “one part Venezuelan, one part Maori and another part French” up-and-coming “fuzzy grunge” trio from Manchester, that has just announced they are supporting Razorlight on their next tour! Their other claims to fame include: airtime on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 music and Radio X and tour supports with Spring King and The Blinders. Now, following the fantastic reception of their singles ‘Outrageous’ and ‘I Heard A Cry’, they have delivered their hotly anticipated debut album ‘Rhinoceros’.

‘Rhinoceros’ opens with their single and fan favourite ‘I Heard A Cry’ which you can listen to here and the next 9 songs go on to prove that the hype surrounding Calva Louise is not undeserved. It is at times ecstatically riffy, almost venturing into pop punk territory and in others you could go as far as calling it thrashy or even screamo. In short it has a little of everything you could want from an album that the band has described as [what you get when you] “fuse surly riffs to fuzzy grunge pop”. With strong female vocals that are distinct in the good way, Calva Louise has a sound reminiscent of the 90’s Riot Grrl era but with distinctly better production levels.

Lyrically, ‘Rhinoceros’ is laden with heavily emotive phrases (the haunting kind that you find floating back to you three days later in the shower) like “I am a creature of the night, I’ve got your picture in my mind, and lately I’ve been waiting to burn you” in break up anthem ‘I’m Gonna Do Well’ and ‘Wondertale’s’ “Standing still in this commotion, We will not follow the instructions, I’m losing once more, but I do it over and over again ”.

Speaking of ‘Rhinoceros’, the band stated “In the lyrics of these ten songs we show our perception as young people, partly foreigners, who try to fit in and belong to something and somewhere” and the loneliness that this sentiment evokes is expressed in the album, it has a bitter sweet quality that would make for a great surviving-a-break-up album.

 This astounding debut showcases three real talents and I already can’t wait to see more of them in 2019!

Score out of ten: 8.5/10

Calva Louise play The Sunflower Lounge on March 10th. You can get tickets here.

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Rhinoceros is out Feb. 1st  and you can pre-order it here.

Jasmin Salmon