Cabbage are back with a bang with their new EP The Extended Play of Cruelty but there are new elements to be found in the distinctive sound of these hopeful leaders of a neo-punk revolution.

Lead track ‘Celebration of a Disease’ kicks off the EP and we’ve already grown to love this track after it’s release as a single a few weeks back. It has the same Cabbage snarl that fans across the country have been drawn in by but it has an altogether more polished, perhaps more marketable sound. You can hear some influence of Kasabian, who the Mossley boys recently supported on a UK tour with a toe-tapping head-bopping aspect in addition to the general energy and vitriol of your usual Cabbage track.

The same scratchy guitars lend themselves perfectly to the usual angry bellowed lyrics but the catchy chorus is one that could be sung back live with the same gusto that we’ve seen ‘Necroflat in the Palace’ treated to in recent shows. With the opening few lines about emancipated teenage dreams likely to hit home with the many young disenfranchised fans that the band have already collected, it’s not exactly unlikely that this single could quickly become a crowd favourite as the band look to continue their incredible exponential growth from the last year or so.

‘Fraudulent Artist’ will be recognisable to those that caught the band at Glastonbury or at one of their recent frenetic shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester. This is a proper Cabbage song, up-tempo, angry, and impossible to listen to without the image of a sea of limbs going crazy at the next live show, as they certainly did to this tune when we caught the quintet at the Ritz in Manchester in July. This is the song that for our money is most likely to be a big hitter at future shows.

Third track, ‘A Network Betrayal‘ was also debuted at these recent shows and it will strike a chord with those of us left exasperated by the ineptitude of the current train system in the UK. That northern wit we’ve quickly come to associate with this band is here in abundance as Joe Martin’s drone during the snappy verses appears to mirror that of the bored-sounding train inspectors we’ve all encountered on overpriced and overcrowded northern lines in our day-to-day lives.

Martin’s spiteful lyrics are dripping with sarcasm and frustration and raise a wry smile on more than one occasion during another Cabbage attack that is this time all the more precise. “I don’t have time to be hanging around Huddersfield station’s lovely little cafe, I’m on this train because I’ve got actual places to be!” he spits before the chorus kicks back in.

Ertrinken provides an interesting little interlude to the five-track EP and isn’t really like anything we’ve heard from Cabbage before. The title translates to ‘Drown’ in German and the track clocks in at under two minutes, with the inclusion of the synthesiser prior to the repeated lyrics giving the track the notion of a soundtrack to a drug-addled dream sequence from an 2009 episode of Skins. It’s certainly something different and it’ll be interesting to see how (if at all) it fits into the effervescent atmosphere of one of the band’s live shows and indeed if it’s something we’ll see more of if and when the boys finally decide to record their debut studio album.

The final track, Asa Morley is named after the band’s drummer and finishes the EP with a sound that is once again more like your standard Cabbage track. Apparently an ode to the percussionist, it twists and turns and writhes around, seemingly without any real direction, but that appears to be exactly the effect they’re looking to achieve with many of these tracks. It certainly has more of a punk vibe than anything from their last couple of EP’s and needs to be turned up high for the full Dead Kennedys style effect. Perhaps a little reminder that as the band’s popularity grows, the punk ethic and attitude most definitely remains.

On the whole, this EP shows Cabbage in a few different lights. The experimental Ertrinken shows they’re far from a one-trick pony and perhaps hints that Broadbent’s synthesiser is likely to make more appearances as the band moves forward – but that doesn’t mean you should expect any less attitude, anger or defiance from a band that are well on their way to becoming the mouthpiece of the UK’s disenfranchised youth.