Like a life form, music has evolved over the years. However, this has been the cause of much dismay and controversy, because the majority of people are idiots and don’t like change. Whenever music progresses or breaks from the norm, it’s generally met with a colossal wave of backlash. This isn’t a new thing though, back in May 1913, Igor Stravinsky debuted his ballet The Rite of Spring in Paris. The performance was so revolutionary and far from that of conventional ballets that it was booed immediately, which swiftly progressed into an all-out brawl between audience members and eventually lead to a riot.
Despite this, Stravinsky went on to be one of the greatest composers of his time and today, he’s heralded as a genius. The point is that, though a change may seem like a bad thing, it’s through innovations like this that we get some of history’s greatest musicians. Employed To Serve could well be one of those musicians, at least in the world of heavy music.
Picture, if you will, the pure chaos of The Dillinger Escape Plan mixed with the intensity and fury of the likes of Touché Amoré and Converge, and you have something similar to Employed To Serve. Their ‘Change Nothing, Regret Everything’ EP is the band’s third release, and is stripped of any post-production to deliver their sound in all of its raw and unhampered glory. Please, be warned, this EP is not an easy listen, not by a long shot. So, if you like you music accessible and relatable, this is a band that you should avoid. However, for those of you who like a challenge, then you will be greatly rewarded if you embark upon this release.
The throat-tearing screams of both Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin coupled with guitar and rhythm more innovative than Richard Branson on shrooms will shatter any pre-conceptions you had about post-hardcore. By far one of the most exciting underground bands one the scene today, Woking’s Employed To Serve and their boundary bothering music are a must listen.
Written by Andy Roberts