I refuse to say that word. Because if I do, you may or may not apply some of the following h******* clichÃ©s to the sound of the band I'm reviewing:
- short intros
- songs that never break the 2-minute mark
- songs based on a more complex bass structure
- metallic riffs
- mosh-heavy breakdowns
From the wonderful opening acoustic chords to the pure fury of "After Dark," the epic 5-minute "Man Overboard" (easily the best song on here) to the mid-paced octave-chord romp through "Coming of Age," or the vocal atom bomb of "We gave it everything / we tried our hardest to / make it through these nights" ("Sinking Fast") to the rousing and superb closing lines to the EP, "Don't give up on yourself / just pull through / and we'll make it to the end my friend" ("Man Overboard"), not forgetting that each track on here flows directly into the next, this is a collection of songs that seem to have everything. The whole thing reeks of passion. Yes, this is a record that should have you sweaty and red-faced by the end of it all. Well, if there's no one else in the house.
Put simply, this gets my vote for EP of the year (despite the fact it was originally released in 2004 on Dead and Gone Records). This is a fast, melodic can of whoop-ass that's ready to be opened to the world. Not to be missed.
Running on Empty (Note: This is actually the worst track on here in my opinion, and is the reason the score is only 8. Still rocks though.)