Captain, We're Sinking - It's a Trap! [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)
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Captain, We're Sinking

It's a Trap! [7-inch] (2010)

Kind of Like Records

We're late enough on this one that Captain, We're Sinking! is already making strides to be Orgcore favorites by this time next year. The followup to their 2008 full-length, The Animals Are Out, It's a Trap! makes a fine bid for the crown, with buoyant, upbeat, carefully gravelly melodic punk that continues to cull notes from oft-compared brother band the Menzingers ("Swing Your Kami Sword" sounds a bit like "So It Goes") and As the Eternal Cowboy.

If you let this 7" become a soundtrack to busy work, the band's consistent chug feels a little background-y. But their overall aplomb and charge is undeniable, from the earnest, weepy declaration of the opening title track–which gets fuller and faster quickly–to the dual-vocal camaraderie of closer "Gunner Merring Will Have His Revenge". Their vocals aren't as husky or whiskey-coated as their beardpunk contemporaries, and it gives them something ever so slightly more unique as a result.

It's a Trap! lays down a promising bridge between the band's earlier, more raw material and the growth one guesses they experienced for their recent split with Timeshares and even newer EP, With Joey Riley.

It's a Trap! EP

It's a Trap! EP