All at once the sound is familiar and admittedly fresh – high-octane power chords and gritty, industrial solos prove both exciting and a fitting tribute to yesteryear’s alternative rock.
Songwriting on top form, riffs at their best, rhythm relentlessly gripping – an explosive start to an extensive, purposeful album.
Thick distortion injects a quickly energising riff as punk-rock rasp and grit pours through for the superb new Ramener single Dogs.
Imagine the chaos and pace of punk-rock with a fresh edge of rising anticipation and emotive, energising and immersive contemporary vocals and melodies.
“There’s something undeniably punk about maintaining the right attitude and outlook even when the odds are stacked against you. It’s not just a fashion or a trend. It’s a way of life.”
Things get more and more intense as the passion and speed of the images and ideas rise and rise. It’s clear this is something that lays heavy on the mind and the heart, as it does for most of us.
“I think for a few of us, we discovered how cathartic it was to write new songs while things seemed like they were crumbling around everyone.”
“When we first encounter Emo music it’s so refreshing to just see someone who’s emotionally honest and raw in their music – and to have someone who feels like us, expressing themselves about it.”
Keeping the pop-punk and grunge-kissed sound alive and kicking, a collection ready and waiting to scream out on behalf of personal strength and acceptance.
The album weighs in at just over 26 minutes. Not one of them is wasted. Attitude is Everything. Well, maybe. But it’s this reviewer’s opinion that the punk aesthetic certainly doesn’t suffer from being in the hands of musicians as thoughtful and skilled as these.
Impressive from the outset as quick-finger riffs meet with the heavy tumble of live drums and a clear level of nostalgic intensity – Serious Matters ignite a fresh take on post-hardcore that openly connects.
The whole thing just oozes anthem-like quality, begs for audience participation, and keeps you interested and involved throughout.