Violence To Fade - Tug of War
When it comes to this type of music, the motto that comes to mind is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." That saying applies here, as you've probably heard a ton of other bands and records that sound like this one. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing-the songs are well-written and memorable enough for multiple listens. There were some parts that stuck out as really cool additions to break up the monotony and familiarity, like the great bass line (not to mention the great tone throughout) in my personal favorite track "Not Alone" and the intense double-time feel showcased in the choruses of the title track.
For me at least, their sound is closer to youth crew-type stuff than the heavy, groovy sounds of other NYHC-style bands like labelmates Provider. The band isn't very heavy and relies a lot more on quick, simple chord progressions rather than chunky progressions and metallic riffs. I liked the vocals a lot; they're not as caustic as other modern bands but have more of a Freddy Madball-type delivery. The first half of "A Rabbit's Foot" vocally is almost structured more like a hip-hop song rather than a hardcore song which is cool.
Although there isn't anything new showcased on this EP, this a solid 7" especially for a side project. Check it out if you're into the late 80s/early 90s NYHC stuff, and you'll definitely like this if you're into youth crew stuff as well.
Label: Life To Live Records
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Similar: Mindset, Madball, Gorilla Biscuits, Caught in a Crowd
- A Rabbit's Foot
- Tug of War
- Not Alone
- Outro (O.Y.O.C. Stomp)