Exclusive: Life On The Sideline EP announcement, music video premiere

Since releasing Honesty Is A Dying Breed two years ago, Life On The Sideline has remained active on the road and is now ready to unveil its upcoming EP, Never Settle. To kick things off, we're premiering the music video for the band's new single, "Echo", which tells the sad story of a young girl reminiscing times spent with her deceased partner. While not a pop punk song per se, it's as catchy as one with an infectious chorus that you'll inevitably get stuck in your head. The band's sound could be compared to that of Transit's and The Early November's. Fans can pre-order the EP on iTunes and CD here, before it's released on June 7th. […]

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Like Pacific - Self-Titled EP

Release InfoLike Pacific - Self-Titled EP
Release Date: January 20th, 2015
Record Label: Pure Noise Records
Pre-order: CD, vinyl

Despite riding the tails of apathy for a lengthy period of time, Toronto titans-in-training Like Pacific have finally released their sophomore, self-titled EP.

“Sigh Of Relief” signals the beginning of the record with a succession of earth-burrowing drums and titillating hazes of guitar that slither between each resonant rudiment. The tone is tranquil, filtering noodly licks beneath the surface that disappear as vocalist Jordan Black forces his roaring presence within the folds, dragging the whirling instrumentation behind him.

The first single, “Eviction”, easily shines as the lead track on the record, brandishing an infectious chorus that almost disguises itself as a pseudo-nursery rhyme on account of its simplicity and invasive melody. "Staying up all night won’t clear the demons in your mind" is the sentiment that Black alienates with his rasp, rust-layered voice, where the severity of his trembling, strained pipes can be heard. “Eviction” runs at a flowing pace, being a prime example of an effortless unmistakable favourite amongst the band's discography.

“Clarity” (formerly known as “We Only Ever Bonded Over Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity And Sex” on the band's two-song EP teaser, This Place Hasn’t Changed, It Just Made You) has been revived with a fuller production quality, giving the revamped track a more deserving finish. “Clarity” encapsulates Like Pacific’s sound, displaying a blend of melodic punk with a pop sensibility, while also showing the band's tendency to release the unrelenting modern hardcore sound that looms above its material. Black shifts seamlessly from the resonance of angst to the erratic soul-shedding screams with a questioning ease.

“104 McCaul St.” also reappears on the new EP, driven by the push of its newly polished production quality. Unfortunately, it places last on the list of tracks that stand out on the EP. The first half fails to register as memorable, and while readers will be able to grasp the catalyst for Black's lament (the "late-night arguments" and proverbial debt plaguing the presented strained relationship), the droning first half renders any distinct memorable presence amongst the tracklisting of the record. Fortunately, the track is slightly redeemed after the bridge, where there is a shift in the time signature, allowing a disjointing ambience to usher through within the last few moments.

“Suffering” rounds off the record, offering listeners with a track that is ambiguous on the surface, where the speaker (Black) appears to be observing and confronting an antagonist that is encroaching on a potential happiness, and, simply put, “overstay(s) your (their) fucking welcome”. “Suffering” could easily be understood as a song where the narrative is trying to dissect the human counterpart of itself--the antagonist.

On this self-titled EP, Like Pacific has clearly highlighted areas (lyrically and sonically) in which it excels (and could even more) when utilizing its blend of melodic pop punk and hardcore.

1. Sigh Of Relief
2. Eviction
3. Clarity
4. 104 McCaul St.
5. Suffering

RIYL: While I Stay Secluded EP by Knuckle Puck, new Heart To Heart, The Finer Things by State Champs


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