Ben Homewood on Owner’s Demo
The longest song on Owner’s five-track debut EP lasts for two minutes and 28 seconds, and its shortest only sticks around for a minute and 42. The whole thing is over in a breakneck eight minutes.
So, we’ve established that the London trio are in a hurry, but making out where they’re going is more difficult.
Spent, Depraved, Sigh, Nothing To Say and Lied, for those are the names of the record’s songs, are bruising - the punk equivalent of sprinting into a brick wall, getting up doing it again and again.
Dissonant cymbals from drummer Robin Christian are everywhere. Near the end of Lied, singer Raquel Torre lets out a scream as Luke Tristram hacks at his guitar.
Then come 10 seconds of blurry noise, before a closing grunt from Torre. It’s brilliant.
So too are the machine gun drums that introduce Depraved (and how good is that for a song name, by the way?).
It’s possible to see this as the key track here - shifting from verses powered by Torre’s vocals and those drums, it builds to climactic chorus after climactic chorus.
Those pace changes showcase Owner’s tight synchronicity most effectively, although Spent is effective as an opening battering ram.
Anyone familiar with London’s punk circuit will know that Owner arrive with some pedigree. Tristram’s other endeavours include the awesome likes of Cop, Major Malfunction and Score.
See his latest live when Owner play at DIY Space For London - one of this noisy community’s key venues - with Sarcasm on August 25.