Originally published on Radsound.


Hailing from Durban, South Africa and following music as an escape route into another world that eventually led him to fall in love with and relocate to Seattle, Garrett van der Spek has already had somewhat of a fraught musical background, but dubbed a ‘one man rock’n’roll machine’ and having just signed to ANTI, things are merely just getting going for Prism Tats.

Producing raw sounds of lo fi garage rock – echoing the area of America he has spent several years honing his sound in- and having recruited a drummer to add a sharpened edge to proceedings, tracks like ‘Never Been Shy’ and latest cut ‘Creep Out//Freak Out’ provide a raucous modern affair of unbridled guitars, crashingly brash drums and uniquely reverb-tainted driving vocals that toe the line between the frenetic energy of 70’s punk and the clean cut tones of synth pop and post punk, all to make for some intensely infectious doses of music that have drawn comparisons to The Kills, Ty Seagall and Dirty Beaches.

Having worked with Chris Woodhouse (Wild Flag!!!) on his ten track debut, due out on 6th May, Prism Tats music echoes the familiar fuzz of heavy rock and roll past submerged within effortlessly intelligent and emotionally edged songwriting that carries storming grooves and an impossibility not to get drawn into. If this is anything to go by, by the time the album is released, things can only propel Prism Tats further into the spotlight – and for all the right reasons.