Fusing pop-punk’s melody and hints of grunge and emo in equal measure, Australia’s Eat Your Heart Out hit the ground running with their debut full-length release, ‘Fluorescence’.
Eschewing traditional structure and cramming each track wall-to-wall with hooks, the five-piece deliver an energetic just over half an hour ride.
Moving feedback and piano chords precede the driving energy of opener ‘Carousel’, as guitarists Andrew Anderson and Will Moore deliver rapid melodies and percussive chords. Running through the standard pop-punk techniques of isolated bass lines and solid palm-muting, the track jumps above by its smart use of intertwining melodies and strong hooks.
The display of harmony is strengthened with ‘Spinning’, showcasing vocalist Caitlin Henry‘s range as she jumps from snappy verses to soft and sparse hooks on its bridge. Alongside the technical display, Anderson and Moore blur the focus from vocal hooks to guitar melodies with ease.
The band hit their stride with ‘Heavy With Envy’, a track that opens with both Anderson and Moore competing for attention with bassist Dom Cant. Playing with multiple variations of the same motif, the track plays with structure whilst turning down every possible avenue it presents them.
The use of experimentation with structure is continued with both ‘Constellations’ and ‘Closer To The Sun’, with both tracks throwing multiple techniques into the mix to maintain energy. By having an arsenal of hooks at their disposal and a tight rhythm section at their disposal, the risks taken pay off.
Bringing the record back to a more linear structure, ‘Nowhere’ delivers bouncing guitars and pounding drums to offset the finger-picked verses. Maintaining the energy, drummer Jake Cronin throws clustered fills in between Henry‘s infectious hooks before driving headfirst into a cycling bridge.
Dialling down the frantic pace, ‘Pear Tree’ starts with subtle acoustics and soft vocal harmonies. Soon enough, the group dive back into distortion and sneaking guitar leads, and, whilst the track displays potential, it doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Serving as a reminder of their capabilities, ‘Cold Hands’ plays with spinning melodies and crashing instruments to bring the record to a strong and memorable finish.
An energetic debut, ‘Fluorescence’ sets Eat Your Heart Out up to expand their fanbase, and delivers enough material for an energetic live show. With the middle half of the record showing where they could go next, the quintet have many options ahead of them.
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