New Jersey sextet Palisades‘ debut EP, ‘I’m Not Dying Today’, is a five-track affair that with every listen you can feel the band wrapping you around their fingers, making you give into their mercy. It’s no surprise that their influences are a combination of post-hardcore and pop-punk as their music perfectly mirrors this, with strong catchy choruses mixed in with aggressive heart wrenching screaming then combined with a good old modern day breakdown. These guys are onto a winner here, and with every track the band give you a big nudge to carry on listening.
Like a lot of modern day bands, Palisades mix trancy electronic interludes with metallic screaming, but the difference with this band is the two work hand in hand with sing-a-long lyrics throughout the EP and don’t just appear on one song to try and attract a particular kind of fan. They band their fusion of influences into something which makes them difficult to place in a box.
First track ‘Disclosure’ begins and ends with heavy but perfectly formed screaming which is sandwiched in between some bouncing melodic pop punk lyrics, eclipsed by a background of heavy solid guitar riffs.
Palisades‘ collection of musical abilities means penultimate song ‘Seamless Ending’ begins with an injection of electronics and a ludicrously loud kick drum, followed through with a head banging bouncy centre, ending with frontman Louis Miceli‘s voice warped into that of something which wouldn’t sound out of place on a 3OH!3 record. Their lyrics are the sort an audience could sing back quite easily, and these tracks show off how they can intertwine their song writing abilities and layers of production to produce seamless tracks.
This EP has an endless supply of energy, with five perfectly formed choice cut tracks which are aggressive, infectious and impressive. The most annoying thing though the band have no planned UK tour dates anytime soon. If you read this guys, get it sorted out pronto.
Written by Rhian Westbury
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