ALBUM REVIEW: PEDLER | PEDLER EP
As they say, it doesn’t matter how big the band is, it’s all about how you use it.
by Slone Fox
Consisting of Justin Stadig and Kyle Kary, Pedler boasts no bassist. While Stadig covers guitar and vocals, Kary takes on drums, and that’s where the lineup ends.
Undoubtedly a power move, this decision does not hinder them in the slightest if their newest offering is any indication. As they say, it doesn’t matter how big the band is, it’s all about how you use it.
The pre-divorce Brangelina of the Vancouver punk blues scene, Pedler will release their fresh, slimy-newborn of a self-titled EP on January 24. The cutting of the umbilical cord is set to take place in the form of a release show the same day at the Avant Garden in East Van, an event that will either deeply scar you or cause a series of euphoric awakenings.
Consisting of three tracks, the EP feels like something picked out of your friend’s cool older brother’s noise rock CD collection. It’s nostalgic in a way that is still fresh and new, without compromising any of Pedler’s token sound from their previous single releases. It’s gritty and upbeat, utilizing distortion in every instrument, including vocals. At least, it feels that way, and in a good way. The fuzz-laden guitar submerges you into a TV-static wasteland while the pounding drums drop you into an anarchic warzone, leaving you with a sadistically joyous percussive concussion.