River City Ransom

River City Ransom EP

Written by: PP on 06/12/2012 21:51:38

York, UK-based River City Ransom's self-titled debut EP owns an interesting sound, given how it combines together southern style hardcore brawling and rock'n'roll groove with smooth alternative rock choruses. These arrive seemingly from the middle of nowhere in each song, but fit in surprisingly well despite how weird that sounds on paper. EP highlight "Attack Attack!", for instance, packs a catchier punch than most softer and less aggressive bands do, while also spilling some delicious hardcore'n'roll grooves underneath the whole offering.

On the hardcore side of things, the band sources both from the Southern fried hardcore origins of Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster, where all the groove on this record presumably comes from, but also from the Los Angeles style rollicking hardcore of The Bronx. Then at the same time, the clean vocals are like straight out of any popular alternative rock band, which is a refreshing change from the usual emo/screamo dynamic going on. In fact, it's almost exactly the same dynamic as Alexisonfire uses, except it's not a post-hardcore one rather than a hardcore/alternative rock one. It's as infectious as it is groovy, and the rowdy screaming adds the necessary energy levels to give the record some oomph on its back. The five songs run by surprisingly fast but in the end I'm thinking: this is a name to watch out for. The public at large won't be able to resist their groovy alternative rock meets southern hardcore growling for much longer.

Download: Attack Attack!
For the fans of: Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster, The Bronx, The Hottness, Cancer Bats
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Release date 02.07.2012
Self-Released

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