Song review: Cause & Effect
Band: Seconds Apart
Location: South York, United Kingdom
Date of Release: 15 February 2014
Genre: Alternative Punk
Reviewer: The Astr0naut
Vocals: I want to start out by thanking the vocalist so much that he can be a punk vocalist and is not a stupid whiny shitbag like literally every other pop punk vocalist out there. The vocalist can harmonize some nasty melodies that had the potential to knock me off my chair but chaaaairs. Anyway, the higher notes that this vocalist sings do NOT suck, like normal generic punk vocals always do. I was very impressed, and to be honest, I’d love to hear more.
Guitars: The guitars threw me the fuck off strangely in the beginning. I put this on thinking, god damn it, just another bullshit hardcore song that I don’t want to bother listening to, and then the vocals came in. The beginning is decently heavy, and has some pretty quick bars that caught my ear. The entire song has some cool guitar transitions you won’t necessarily expect as much.
Bass: And the disappointment sets in. Unoriginal, following the guitar, why are you doing this to yourself? At least it’s a cool riff, so I won’t rip you a new one. Ugh bassists, do something cool instead of being followers.
Drums: Also strange, but in a good way, the drums remind me a lot of Thursday’s newest album, No Devolucion, which is great because I love that album. There’s a lot of symbol and high-hat work here, and that is definitely good. I like hearing a drummer in the punk genre that actually knows how to use their drums, and doesn’t abuse them like they’re beating garbage cans. Anyway, the drums were cool.
Production: Another song that has been recorded at an amazing studio. This is really professional quality, and all of the instruments have matched sound levels, which is rare in new music. Generally bands choose to make one or two instruments louder than the others.
Lyrics: Eh, very basic. They’re generalized rock/punk lyrics, but that’s just the gist I got from it. It would help if I could find the lyrics, but I can not, so that is a problem.
Songwriting: You guys are tight as fuck. I definitely see songs that are much better than this, but also much worse than this coming out on future releases. This band honestly has what it takes to make it somewhere, especially with the way they write their songs. Spunky and catchy, I love it.
Overall IPHYB Rating: I have to admit, you guys are really cool, and like I just mentioned above, the band is extremely tight. I see a lot of room for improvement in the bass, but I suppose for this type of music, the bass is just there for musical support, and not to show off. I also see that the music video of this song was featured on Blank TV, which is a great starting place for many great bands. Like I said, Seconds Apart definitely has the potential to make a breakthrough, as long as they keep drawing the right cards. Would recommend to anyone who has the time to listen.
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 7/10
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