Saturday, March 28, 2015

EP Review: 'Volume 2' by The Warning Shots

Title: Volume 2 (BandCamp [State Line Records], Amazon, iTunes)
Artist: The Warning Shots (Facebook, Twitter)

The Warning Shots' sophomore EP Volume 2 is five songs of high energy, catchy as f, passionate, and fun as all hell rock 'n' roll. At first glance, the Boston five-piece sounds to be a 77 style punk band (not that there is anything wrong with that) but as this EP shows, they are so, so, so much more. The band's debut EP Six to Midnight was incredible, one of the best releases of 2013, and Volume 2 is just as good, if not better. The EP opens with a blast of straight up punk rock in “Make You Move” followed by “Right There Beside You” with its sing-a-long chorus, but it's the two songs that follow that really showcase the brilliance of this band. “The Ghosts of the Past” is an epicly large feeling rock 'n' roll song that harkens back to the glory days of arena rock with its guitar work and expansive chorus (think Boston, Journey, etc.) while “You Lost Your Faith” taps into that perfect place that mixes everything good in punk, resulting in a powerful and uplifting song. The EP closes out with a cover of one of Rancid's more obscure songs,“Brad Logan.” The overall result is another excellent EP by a band that just simple gets it. The Warning Shots understand the power, fun, and potential of rock 'n' roll and it shows on Volume 2.  One last note, on Amazon and iTunes Volume 2 has been release with Six to Midnight under the title Year One.  
        

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