For more than ten years, Energy have been perfecting their sound, and, in that time, they’ve shared the stage with a number of well known names along with releasing two EPs and their debut album ‘Punch The Clock’ in 2008. They’ve created a sound not unfamiliar with US bands, mixing the introvert melancholy with more upbeat hooks and tunes.
Their latest offering, ‘Apparition Sound’, carries on that theme with the instrumental first track easing us in, before first track proper ‘New Worlds Of Fear’ then cracks open the pop-punk bottle with piston like guitars set over two differing vocal styles. ‘Another Yesterday’ has hints of Blink-182, with the harmonious vocal over the more repetitive guitars; the track drifts along with intermittent stops to isolate the vocal chorus.
A higher pitched Misfits reminiscent encounter leads us to ‘Dead In Dreamland’, an upbeat little number on the subject of murder and killing. This has a updated 50s feel to it with the vocal “ooh aah oohs” in the background, just coming through from the softer side of Energy.
Now, if you’re going to cover a band of the calibre of The Ramones, you’d better do a damn good job of it, or put your own mark on it that’s a totally new sound. Energy do neither of these things with their take on ‘Pet Cemetery’. It’s a diluted watered down version that makes no impression, unless you count the times I reached for the skip button. After listening to it a few times, it feels like there’s something gone wrong with the original track from the punk pioneers; a type of musical castration has taken place here where all that’s left is limp and lifeless.
We get back to what Energy do well with ‘The Shadowlands’. Some nice slower guitar chords bring us into the song; it’s a drifting cloudy track that cuts away to reveal some isolated slow guitar picking that relents to another slow build-up ebbing away at the end.
There’s a little more than a pop-punk band here with some diverse elements thrown in to the mix, and ‘Apparition Sound’ has moments where they do shine at what they do, but evidently, it proves that some covers should just be buried in the cemetery and never resurrected.
Written by Kami Provan (@kami2311)
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