Album Review: Our Past Days – Keep Safe

Album Review: Our Past Days – Keep Safe

Band: Our Past Days Album: Keep Safe Genre: Pop-punk/emocore Date of Release: 2/9/2016 Location: Sydney Reviewer: Harvey Danger For Fans Of: Neck Deep, Knocked Loose, Thrice Track Listing: 1. Graves (2:35) 2. The Distance (0:47) 3. Too Much, Too Soon (4:02) 4. Restless (2:03) 5. Tired Eyes (2:43) 6. Numb (2:38) 7. Sleep & Stir (3:53) 8. I Still Fear You In My Bones (3:26) 9. Split My Brain (2:57) 10. Bloom Where You’re Planted (3:15) 11. Daylight (3:50) From lineup changes to almost breaking up, Sydney emocore lords OUR PAST DAYS have had a hectic year. Whether through touring with The Wonder Years, or signing to newbie Australian label Greyscale Records, the boys can safely say they’ve earned their keep in the last 12 months. And, as a result of their signing (along with the support and love from their family and friends), Our Past Days are proud to present their debut album Keep Safe. Opening with the banger single Graves, the band set the stage with their exceptional blend of pop-punk, emo, and post-hardcore from the get go. One barely has time to settle before being popped squarely in the jaw by the opening guitar and drum to ‘The Distance’, pounding you into the ground at a blistering pace for the entirety of its 47 seconds, before segueing into ‘Too Much, Too Soon’, which, whilst full of raw emotion, is devoid of any discernible vocal hook whatsoever, unfortunately killing the song for this reviewer. Despite the disappointment afforded by ‘Too Much, Too Soon’s lack of hook, it is more than made up for by the pure, laid...
Album Review: Ceres – ‘Drag It Down On You’

Album Review: Ceres – ‘Drag It Down On You’

Band: Ceres Album: Drag It Down On You Genre: Emo/pop-rock Date of Release: 2nd September, 2016 Location: Melbourne, Victoria Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Turnover, Basement, Bloc Party Track Listing: 1. Okay 1:49 2. Happy In Your Head 3:52 3. Roll Ur Eyes 2:59 4. ’91 Your House 3:46 5. Laundry Echo 2:26 6. Spinning Wheel 3:41 7. Loner Blood 1:42 8. Choke 4:30 9. Talking 3:05 10. Us 1:26 11. Nothing On Your Shoulders 3:19 12. Loaf 3:13 13. Del 3:20 14. Baby’s Breath 3:47 There’s something to be said for honesty. For instance, if I said ‘I thought I’d hate this record’, that would be honest. If I said ‘the singer’s moustache looks like he waxed it off a ’70s porn star’s cock, and then slapped the wax strip straight above his top lip’, that would also be honest. Honesty is good, and so is this album. Funny thing about honesty, it doesn’t always equate to quality. I’ve just spent a lengthy amount of time arguing with people about King 810, and the main thing I got from them was ‘but they are honest, and that makes them better than x band’. No. No, it doesn’t. Just because a band, or vocalist, or poet, or writer, can relate what they are writing directly back to their own life experiences, does not mean that their product is inherently good. Leaving aside the whole subjectivity argument for just a second, the point is that, whilst honesty is a great trait to have, if it isn’t allied to interesting, engaging execution, it probably isn’t worth shit. In the case...
Song Review: Problem Dog – ‘Mercer’

Song Review: Problem Dog – ‘Mercer’

Band: Problem Dog Song: ‘Mercer’ Genre: Emo Date of Release: 05/01/2016 Reviewer: Jordan Welsh For Fans Of: Casket, Old Grey, Flowers Taped To Pens, Snowing Well, My First Review for IPHYB and apparently as a well known “emo” (that term is so loosely placed these days), I guess it’s up to me to show if I actually know anything about what I’m talking about. Let’s start with a release from this year – ‘Mercer’ by Problem Dog, taken from their six song-long Old News. Honestly, on my first listen I found this to be somewhat underwhelming and relatively similar to a number of other bands, but, after having it on repeat for the purpose of this review, I’d be hard pressed to say that this is actually a very good song. It kicks off with a nice riff and the type of playing which you’d generally expect from any number of emo bands of the last decade or so – chaotic and almost sloppy at times, but still manages to keep it very tight. That tone is pretty damn nice to listen to as well, and after some sudden transitions, kicks into the beef of the song. Now begins my unhappiness, with the harsher vocals. I understand the style Problem Dog is playing with, but the screaming is supposedly the most emotional part of the song, and I feel it fell flat. I found it way better to hear the cleans overall, which, alternatively, delivered quite a nice punch. Another note as well – the production is good. Everything seems to be pleasantly mixed, but a bit lacking on...
Album Review: Basement – ‘Promise Everything’

Album Review: Basement – ‘Promise Everything’

Band: Basement Album: Promise Everything Genre: Alt Rock/Emo/Punk Rock Date of Release: 29/1/2016 Location: Ipswich, England Reviewer: Harvey Danger For Fans Of: Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day Real Estate, teenage angst, trying not to kill yourself Standout Tracks: The whole fucking album is outstanding Track Listing: 1. Brother’s Keeper (3:08 2. Hanging Around (3:00) 3. Lose Your Grip (2:47) 4. Aquasun (3:43) 5. Submission (2:43) 6. Oversized (2:38) 7. Blinded Bye (2:39) 8. For You The Moon (3:14) 9. Promise Everything (2:37) 10. Halo (2:30) UK alt-rock/emo darlings BASEMENT are back with their first full-length release since 2012’s Colourmeininkindness. The opening track of Promise Everything marks a significant departure from their previous work, with the heavy ’90s influences present throughout both I Wish I Could Stay Here and Colourmeininkindness, making way for a more heavily third-wave emo/pop-punk influenced sound, which borrows heavily from bands such as Jimmy Eat World. Opening track ‘Brother’s Keeper’ starts with the typically frenzied chaos one has come to expect from the genre, interspersed with floaty, dreamy interludes throughout the verses, with a definite “radio-friendly” vibe to the whole track. ‘Hanging Around’ begins with a riff which borrows heavily from ’90s alternative-group Jawbox’s ‘Mirrorful’, before moving back into more familiar territory, with Duncan Stewart’s bass tone being a particular standout through the song. The intro to ‘Lose Your Grip’ sets the tone for the entire song, before a massive dynamic shift in the second verse as vocalist Andrew Fisher sings “Let me show you something, my old friend …” over sparse instrumentation, with the rest of the song ambling away just nicely. One barely has...
Song Review: Sine Cura – “Survival Instinct
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Song Review: Sine Cura – “Survival Instinct
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Song: “Survival Instinct
” Band: Sine Cura 
 Location: Mcallen, Texas,
 USA Date of Release: 13/07/2015
 Genre: Melodic Hardcore/Emo
 Reviewer: Teemo Main
 For Fans Of: Adventures, Placebo
 Why They Aren’t Famous: Emo isn’t a big thing anymore, no matter how good it is. There are some bands out there who aren’t doing anything wrong. They haven’t fucked anything up, their marketing is fine, and their music is great. However, there’s still something missing. Sine Cura seem to be one of those bands – ‘Survival Instinct’ is an excellent song, and most definitely under-appreciated . My only real criticism for the band is lyrically. I’m convinced they must be aware the lyrics can come across as cheesy and extremely cliched, but in-between the loathing and angst there lurks a few genius lines with some real depth. What really helps the band is the vocalist, the lyrical content countered by his pain and sincerity. Listening to the song, you can feel the raw emotion and sadness present in his voice. Vocally, the song is thought out and executed well. For me the best vocals shine with authenticity and self-belief, and the vocalist conveys the authentic feeling throughout the song exceptionally well. The screamed lines used sparingly reinforce the passion – it drips off the page; strained and angsty, suiting the music perfectly. 

The guitars bind beautifully with the music and vocal techniques – the writers deserve a pat on the back. Smooth and discordant is what I would use to describe the overall vibe of the music, and structurally the song flows perfectly from one section to another. My personal favourite being...
Song Review: New Design – “I’ve Never Seen The Ocean”

Song Review: New Design – “I’ve Never Seen The Ocean”

Song: I’ve Never Seen The Ocean Band: New Design Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada Date of Release: July 2015 Genre: Post rock/emo Reviewer: Welmanshire For Fans Of: gates, Funeral For A Friend, Balance & Composure Why They Aren’t Famous: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’m usually a bit of a genre nazi when it comes to the post hardcore/emo/post rock categories of music. I have a genre-defining priapism, and it gives me great pleasure to nail bands in reviews for slotting themselves in a particular genre when they’re not adhering to it at all. Take “Progressive” as a genre tag, for example. You wouldn’t believe how many bands label themselves as progressive; prog rock, prog metal, prog emo, etc (it’s been said), for simply not sticking to 4/4 and throwing in an extra part of a song in deviation from the norm. Well done, but you’re not fucking prog, jerks. ‘Post’ is another that gets thrown around liberally, but really if you’re in a post-something band, then you had better be sure you’re actually continuing the further your chosen genre and not contributing to the incorrect labelling that causes so much confusion within the ranks. Naturally when I’m scanning our song submissions, I look out for bands labelling themselves as either post-metal or post-rock – some of my favourite records of the last few years fall within these genres, namely New Jersey post-rock band gates last two records, along with post-black metal (or ‘blackgaze’, which is a thing now) band Deafheaven. So in come New Design, a band lapping at the shores of both new-wave emo/screamo bands as well as post-rock. If gates and...
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