Monday, August 13, 2012

EP Review: Growing Pains

Title:  Growing Pains (BandCamp, I Am Mighty Records, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Lower Lands (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, BandCamp, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Last.fm)

UK’s Lower Lands plays a s mix of post hardcore and emo with a hint of pop punk.  The band’s latest EP Growing Pains is six songs of angular guitars, emotional vocals, and a driving rhythm section—kind of a Refused meets Jimmy Eat World vibe.  The EP’s standout moment is the excellent “Reality In Routine.”  My only complaint, and it’s not much of one, is that I wish some of the songs were shorter.  For example “Why Don't We Just Build A Cathedral” has a great riff and hook but it just goes on a tad too long.  This of course just could be me more than anything (years of listening to punk rock have kind of killed my attention span where it comes to songs; so if a song is longer than three to four minutes it really needs a reason to be that long).  Fans of emo, screamo, and post hardcore should check out Lower Lands’ Growing Pains, the band has chops and is certain to do nothing but get better over the years.  

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