Liverpool’s Decay are a small part of a massive resurgence of the emo genre in the UK, but the five-piece seem determined to push their way to the top of the game. Their debut EP, ‘Modern Conversation’, is the start of their mission statement.
Opening track ‘Sentiment’ hits hard right from the get go. The aggressive sound adds to the overall emotional assault of Danny Reposar‘s vocal delivery.
Lead single, ‘Slow Decline’, deals with the effect that losing a loved one can have, in this case the effect that the passing of Reposar‘s mother affected his father. Another hard-hitting song, it details how his father dealt with the loss through drinking, and fell victim to alcoholism in the form of an open letter to his late mother.
The pace slows right down on closing track, ‘Lullaby’. This track takes the emotion build-up in the first four tracks and turns it right up to eleven. It starts out soft, and gets gradually heavier until it climaxes, before ending with a soft reflective guitar line.
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who can listen to ‘Modern Conversation’ and still have dry eyes. The combination of the deeply personal lyrics, aggressive vocal delivery, and heavy instrumentals results in a massive emotional assault. If they continue like this, Decay could well cement themselves as the kings of the scene.
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