From the second this collection kicks in, there is little doubt these guys are a band wanting to make themselves heard, and boy do they make it happen. Beginning with “Skint” which, while sounding eerily similar in places to the work of their label mates God Damn, delivers a strong punk feel – it won’t go down well with everyone, that’s practically a given, but for those listeners who like their tunes loud and rather fun, this makes for a good start.
They follow it up with “Devil Blues”, which rather ironically as the song suggests, brings with it a slightly calmer, more bluesy delivery, a nice little change from what has gone before. With that said, the arrival of “Black Label Serotonin” is, for lack of a better word, completely unexpected as the band take a major detour away from their earlier sound. It’s almost melodic, and shouldn’t quite work as well as it does, but there’s something about the track which ensures it’s worthy of the place it has in the collection.
EP title track “Money Maker” soon swings things back to the more rocky style which the band work with so well, while in closing with “So Far Away”, they storm their way through a piece complete with gritty, almost growl-like vocals and which is accompanied by some huge riffs.
The EP as a whole is an impressive collection and will make any fan of heavy grunge-rock music extremely happy. However, in a business where many bands run the risk of being too similar to ones who have come before them, Sewer Rats have some way to go before they can truly say they dominate the music world and do so with their own unique style and sound.