Easycore is one of those sub-genres that definitely splits the crowd. The combination of upbeat, drop-tuned major chords rhythmed with heavily aggressive beats isn’t for everyone, and has seen only a small number of bands do it any justice, like A Day To Remember and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!.
However, Ohio’s Sink The Ship are aiming to take the genre by the scruff of the neck with their debut album, ‘Persevere’.
‘Second Chances’ bursts open the album with pounding double kick drums and deep guitars brutally crunching beneath Colton Ulery‘s ferocious vocals. The chorus certainly emphasises the ‘easy’ of easycore, favouring pop-punk melodies and chord structures but with much heavier guitars.
Singles ‘Domestic Dispute’ and ‘Everything’ have some decent vocal appearances, with the former enlisting easycore king and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! vocalist Bert Poncet in a bouncy and uplifting track. The latter sees Miss May I‘s Levi Benton stretch his bruising vocal chords in a thrashing, head banging stormer of a track, while following that, is recent single ‘Nail Biter’, which is equally as intense.
The only problem with ‘Persevere’ is (if you haven’t noticed already) that easycore can’t really be re-invented. It’s either punchy down-tuned pop-punk, or a positive take on metalcore, and, as the record gets to its midpoint, it starts to become less grabbing a tad repetitive. Again, there are narrow limits of what a band can do under the easycore umbrella.
Carrying on, ‘Deadweight’ lands us right back in straight-up pop-punk territory with a swinging, punchy rhythm. This is a song that wouldn’t be out of place on A Day To Remember‘s ‘Homesick’. As for closer ‘The Chase’, it grinds through hardcore verses towards an enjoyable pop-rock chorus.
‘Persevere’ has some really solid, hook-filled tracks. It’s just that at times it feels as if Sink The Ship are squeezing blood from a stone, trying to get something new out of a genre that’s pretty much a closed book. Yet, somehow, the Ohio quartet do manage to exhaust what works in the easycore genre and, at its best, is an enjoyable listen.