Release Date: March 1st 2015
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Emerging from Baden, Switzerland after dissolving their old bands, the five musicians formed Defender in order to create a different type of music so that their passions and creativity could be fully stretched. ‘We Don’t Remember Days, We Remember Moments’ is a 5-track EP that is the band’s first release and takes influence primarily from post-hardcore bands like While She Sleeps and Silverstein, such is the pummelling guitars and relentless drumming.
While the majority of the music is just raw post-hardcore, there are moments where clean vocals are used to clear the air that is able to re-gain the aggression in the dirty vocals once it switches back. However, it’s not like the aggression is in short supply on this EP. ‘Forward’ is a lurching monster of a riff that would floor a toilet venue without even trying, while ‘Reminder’ gallops relentlessly throughout only ever stopping to engage in a brutal breakdown.
One of the most enjoyable things in this is listening to the drumming from Michael, and how ridiculously locked it is with the four other musicians. ‘Reminder’, ‘Obeserved’ and ‘Oceans’ all have drum tracks that you couldn’t fit a hair between; not one single beat is a millisecond late or early.
While there are aspects that make ‘We Don’t Remember Days…’ a good listen, the music doesn’t always capture you and leaves you wanting more. This may happen to a band with a fairly linear sound on an EP and, while Defender have moments of great musical abilities and songwriting, some of the songs succumb to this problem. On the other hand, in the future when this band record a full-length, they’ll surely be able to spread their wings stylistically and explore new avenues in their sound.
Written by Ewan Macdonald