Misser are a band made up of members from Transit and This Time Next Year. The duo, consisting of Tim Landers (vocals and strings) and Brad Wiseman (vocals) have released an EP called, ‘Distancing’, which proves that they’re much more than just a ‘side-project’. The EP showcases powerful, impressive pop-punk skill, and not the squeaky clean pop-punk that has been so popular in recent years. The band have their gritty vocals that work so well together, which is perhaps what makes the EP so striking, along with great, catchy choruses and skillful guitar riffs.
The EP is an aggressive sounding, five song masterpiece showcasing all that there is to love about the pop-punk genre. ‘Burn Out’ is a particularly remarkable song, showing serious originality and it also shows just how well the two vocals work together, playing with harmonies, gang vocals and mixing up the rhythms. Also, the song is just so easy to sing along to, and makes you want to see this band live.
The EP sometimes has a certain Alkaline Trio kind of feel to it, which is not at all a bad thing, more of an observation really and, if anything, a huge compliment. The closing song, ‘Slow It Down, Write It Out’, is a slightly slower, more melodic song, that finishes the EP all too soon. At just over two minutes, the song is short and sweet, like the EP and makes you want more. After listening to this song it’s impossible to not want to listen to the songs again.
This EP is a great work of two men in awesome bands, but the EP is so good that really it can (and should) stand out in its own rights, no matter who the creators are. ‘Distancing’ is definitely worth a listen, and hopefully there will be more from them in the future.
Written by Orla Conway