Monday, April 27, 2015

EP Review: 'Split' by Iron Chic / Low Culture

Title: Split (Dirt Cult Records, BandCamp [Dirt Cult], Dead Broke Rekerds, BandCamp [Dead Broke], Amazon, iTunes)
Artists: Iron Chic (Official, Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, Last.fm); Low Culture (Facebook, Tumblr)

Split by Iron Chic and Low Culture is not just a split release by two bands but by two labels as well. Released jointly by Dead Broke Rekerds (run by Mike from Iron Chic) and Dirt Cult Records (run by Chris from Low Culture), this EP is the perfect showcase for each band and a great starting point for those new to either group. The four-song EP opens with Iron Chic's blistering “L'esprit de L'escalier” a melodic anthem that does what all Iron Chic songs do best—mix elements of post hardcore, pop punk, and straight up rock 'n' roll resulting in a song that dares you to no get pump up by its energy. Low Culture's catchy as hell “Not a Machine” is next with their signature garage rock meets power pop sound. “Subhumanoid Meltdown” follows taking things in a slightly slower mid-tempo direction by Iron Chic, while the EP closes with another insanely catchy song from Low Culture in “Oh Jazelle.” On the surface, the pairing of a melodic post hardcore-y punk band with a garage rock power pop group may sound odd but the result works. This is an extremely fun EP with outstanding songs from both bands showing that great music easily transcends labels and (sub)genres.

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