So over the last 2-3 years it became clear that grunge was making a subtle come back via the third wave of emo sweeping the states and subsequently here. If you didn’t know, there you go..grunge is coming back but not really. Bands who sprung up from a punk/hardcore background were starting to come up with gritty and moody music with hallmark punk/hardcore tones reminiscent of bands from 20+ years ago..and yet…the kids were into it cos yeh .. grunge.
Outlines are a band from Melbourne who fit the emo/grunge bill pretty neatly. This is the second release from them (equally as good as the first) and the songs are full of minor key sad-vibes but also a drive and energy that keeps it from being sooky. Vocals are a mix between gravelly/hoarse and clean sung which suits really well. If you know Balance & Composure/Citizen/Basement…then you’ll identify these guys immediately as being cut from the same mold. I say plagiarism is the highest form of flattery, and in this case that’s possibly true. The guitar sound is a wall of fuzzy overdrive..riffs and lead bits sitting pretty on top..it’s awesome! The drums are straight forward with a big roomy-sound to em, lots of noise…works great.
It’s a 5 track offering on the Pay What You Want scale via bandcamp…I suggest getting on it and enjoying the novelty of a rad young band sounding out of time!
RIYL: Seahaven, Balance and Composure, Daylight, Basement