Song Review: Cannibal Animal – ‘Grand Theft Manual’

Song Review: Cannibal Animal – ‘Grand Theft Manual’

Band: Cannibal Animal
Song: ‘Grand Theft Manual’
Genre: Psych-punk
Date of release: 23rd November 2016
Location: United Kingdom
Reviewer: Violent Soho meme claim to fame guy
For Fans Of: Black Flag, lead bass guitar

The first thing that comes to mind while I listen to this song on repeat is the desire to crack open a Jack and coke and listen through Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Rated R at the wrong speed on vinyl … but, since my tolerance for alcohol is as weak as my tongue game, I’ll do this review sober.

Cannibal Animal are a 3-piece grunge/punk outfit from the UK, so naturally, there’s already too much bass in the mix. The single ‘Grand Theft Manual’ already triggered me in the sense that I can only drive an automatic, so alienation hits me before I even press play. Thanks. The track kicks off with an intro riff remiscient of Metallica‘s ‘One’ opening lick, only played faster and backwards. That doesn’t last too long, however, since out of nowhere, a distorted bass-riff taken straight out of that incredibly dope Matrix lobby shoot-out scene comes in … (you know the one). If they wanted people to defy gravity for a moment and flip off a couple walls, I think it’s worked out well.

The rest of the band jumps into that same riff with added guitar lead lick over it that I can only describe as “WoooooooOOOooooooooooOOOOo”. The verse riff is nothing incredibly original, but nothing in punk music really is, amirite. I’ve always found it fascinating that the punk attitude was always against the norm, yet 9/10 punk bands have the same goddamn format. But, I digress.

The vocals used throughout utilise the same megaphone-type effect, which immediately reminds me of The Killers, and that’s absolutely dandy with me. The chorus hits you with the same driving riff from the start, with the short and sharp, repeated lyrics of ‘Why don’t you wanna save me?’. Actually, if you disregard the half-time bridge riff, that’s pretty much the whole song. There’s only really eight lines of dialogue in the whole song, but that’s part of it’s charm. It’s basic, gritty, and angsty, with a total length of four minutes and twenty seconds. Nice work.

Vocals: 7/10
Lyrics: 5/10
Guitar: 6/10
Bass: 7/10
Percussion: 7/10
Songwriting: 5/10
Production: 8/10
Personal Enjoyment: 6/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 7/10

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