New York’s Get Involved! are a ‘supergroup’ of sorts, and while some may have reservations about that, a supergroup consisting of members of post-hardcore legends such as Thursday, GlassJAw, From Autumn To Ashes, Death In The Park and hardcore heavyweights Judge should quell any doubts.
From the dissonant introductory riff in ‘Let Your Guard Down’ to the noisy and cathartic ending of ‘Apathy’, Get Involved! offer four tracks of absolutely solid post-hardcore with ‘Silk Cuts’. The band’s unique and unpredictable approach to the genre is akin to the chaotic and abrasive type offered by the early Thursday and GlassJAw records, but the EP doesn’t attempt to succeed through imitation. Never once does it seem like a group of washed-up musicians, attempting to recreate the glory days of years gone by. The shrill screams that end the aforementioned ‘Let Your Guard Down’ will have you thinking this is a fresh group of pissed-off 18-year-olds, but you couldn’t be more wrong.
The aggressive hardcore is balanced by the absolutely soaring choruses littered throughout in such a fantastic fashion, only a skill learned through years of experience. ‘Serenity Now’ is one of the best tracks on the record, which allows singer Derrick Karg (Death In the Park) to roam around freely, demonstrating his range throughout. The song becomes more abrasive as it goes on, despite breaking down into a quieter section in the middle before dipping into industrial music and noise towards the end, and it sounds absolutely brilliant.
At four tracks too, this release may seem easy to digest, but there’s an awful lot going on here, and that’s the fantastic thing about it. ‘Silk Cuts’ doesn’t reveal all upon first listen, and the hooks, the anger, and the fantastic songwriting will have you hitting replay more than the snooze button on a Monday morning. The next time you hear someone complain about Chickenfoot, Hellyeah, AxeWound or Greg Ginn‘s latest outing, give them a copy of ‘Silk Cuts’, because Get Involved! definitely have potential to be huge.
Written by Jack Boaden