Four-piece punk/hardcore outfit PEARS have raised their voices, and reminded us all what true punk music can be. With their fast-paced drums and loud, anger-fuelled vocals, they manage to deliver the raw sound of the ’70s punk scene in their album ‘Go To Prison’, whilst also combining elements of what’s around today. Overall, it’s safe to say that it’s sometimes difficult to find a band like them.
The album kicks off with the high-energy intro track, ‘You’re Boring’. This gives you a taste of what you’re in for throughout the rest of the tracks. This is one of the more traditionally punk styled tracks, just like ‘Breakfast’, ‘Little Bags’ and ‘Framework’, whereas songs like ‘Sycophant’ and ‘Terrible’ edge more towards the side of hardcore.
PEARS enhance the power of trashy bass sounds and distorted guitars to their advantage, and use them to make their tracks sound wild, whilst still managing to keep a tight mix.
Although the theme of fast drums and aggressive vocals is carried on from beginning to end, it manages to not grow stale and repetitive by involving elements of punk rock and street punk, that give some of the tracks a slightly modern twist. Also, the tracks are kept short and sweet, so that they keep your interest right the way through to the end.
‘Go To Prison’ gives off a raw, underground feel of passion and aggression that clearly roots from the early years of punk rock, to the structure of modern hardcore music. From beginning to end, this album is energetic, punchy and, basically, something you could easily just lose yourself to.
Overall, PEARS are definitely worth a listen, especially if you’re looking for something crazy and energetic. To sum them up, they could be described as a slightly heavier Red City Radio, who they’ll be touring with through February and March 2015.
Written by Sam Johnson