A buzzing riff and foot-stomping drums open up the first single ‘Insubordinate’ before the song jolts and drop into a massive head-banging groove, striking the match for the rest of the EP. The chorus goes in hard on this one and is super catchy to pair with the relentless energy of the track.
Following the release of this single in 2019 came two more singles ‘Chasing Safety’ and ‘Nothingwithoutyou’, both giving listeners a solid idea of what they were in for on the rest of the project. The latter taking a more pop-rock approach with help from ‘Hands like Houses’ vocalist Trenton Woodley. The song drifts from melodic verses into a huge sing-along chorus with emotional vocals and a huge wall of guitar.
The band explores its softer, more melodic sound further on closing track ‘Affinity’ giving vocalist Dan Richards the chance to really show off his dynamics.
However, it is clear when listening through the EP as a whole that most of these songs were written for a live setting. The drops into the main riffs on songs such as ‘Pariah’ and ‘Smoke Signals’ are sure mosh-pit initiators and really show off the band’s ability to get heavy with their sound.
The production is impressive all over this EP and I really like the band’s use of electronic drum sounds and keyboard/synth sounds at various points throughout, showing their unconventionally fresh take on what would be expected from the ‘alt-rock’ genre.
‘Dysfunctional’will be available on the 24th of April 2020.
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Review: Harry Bunker