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For a band in their infancy Hockeysmith are surprisingly well realised. They seem to have it all; the romantic backstory, a name perfect for indie rock, and the attitude and grit needed to back it all up. All that's not something they've built up consciously either, this longhaired-sister-duo arrived with it in tow. You can get a clear picture of their breakout potential just from skimming their profile. They're relatives by blood and sound, and lived their art in a caravan on a farm in their native Cornwall (and if all that isn't cool enough they just moved into an old tour bus too).

On paper alone Annie and Georgie sound like lifers, the sort of band who should've made a dozen albums, not zero. They're begging to be mythologised, and their first step towards making music as good as their backstory is their debut EP, But Blood. While its four tracks aren't the first the sisters have released, they're the first to be presented conceptually; an encapsulation of their dark mystique.

The EP is a fresh and fierce take of the sisters' impeccable tastes. It crunches like shoegaze and croons like dream to create a seductive, and fatally captivating vortex of sonic pop. Through all of its thrums, its songs are poised to strike. The title track lets loose bludgeoning cracks of shrieking guitar that float like a banner of dead pixels behind Hockeysmith's dead eyed hooks, and 'Hesitate' is a marvel of deconstruction; a disconcerting adrenaline rush that finds an alluring sense of urgency within a crumbling soundscape.

If four tracks seems a little slight for a debut to you, you'd be right. There's two fantastic track's at But Blood's core, but that's all. 'Phantom Whiste' and 'Meanwhile' are little more than atmospheric collages. They bring the darkness lingering in the shadows of 'Hesitate' and 'But Blood' to life, but they don't wear the spotlight well. While the songs function well as an intro and outro, it's hard to shake the feeling that they're not needed. They turn what could have been a strong double-A single into an EP that somehow seem simultaneously short and overlong at 15 minutes. Measured pacing could work beautifully on full album where the tracks have room to breathe, but it's hard to enjoy when you can practically hear the second hand counting down.

This EP does a lot right, and its strengths make it clear that the weaknesses it does have are sure to be ironed out going forward, and while Hockeysmith are teasing what's to come rather than celebrating what's already here, But Blood is an enjoyable first step that should win them another fans to make their next shot stick.

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