Friday, July 29, 2016

EP Review: 'Demonstrations' by Grieving

Title:  Demonstrations (BandCamp)
Artist:  Grieving (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, SoundCloud)

Demonstrations, the debut EP from Cambridge, England's Grieving is a five-song powerhouse.  Reminiscent of early '90s acts like Sunny Day Real Estate, Fugazi, and Seaweed, Grieving have perfectly straddled that divide between indie and punk rock by mixing elements of post hardcore, melodic punk anthems, and indie rock, with great pop sensibilities.  The end result is a sound that is distinct, powerful, poignant, catchy, familiar, and really stinking good.  Demonstrations opens subdued yet melodic "My Friend, The Ghost" before moving to the slightly angular "Ownership" followed by the fantastically catchy "No Sleep."  Next up is the record's most challenging track, the very angular and experimental "Little Armoured."  The EP closes out with the melodic "Warmest Jet," a perfect last song that leaves you wanting more.

Demonstrations does what every great debut record should do: it showcases the band's strengths while highlighting their excellent and diverse songwriting, super tight musicianship, and serves as a primer getting listeners excited for this and future releases.  Grieving is an obviously tight, diverse, and talented band, a fact made abundantly clear on this EP.  The moments on Demonstrations that truly stand out are those that are the most straight forward and melodic.  Grieving is a band that has an excellent sense of melody and top notch pop sensibilities making them a force to be reckoned with and a band to watch.  I can't wait to see what these guys do next!

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