Wednesday, September 12, 2012

'So Steady' EP by In Between

By Kevin Toomey
Release date: August 7, 2012
7'': Toxic Pop/Photobooth Records
Rating: 1.5/5

I didn’t know melodic hardcore was still a thing in 2012. Apparently it is and Baltimore’s In Between are championing its survival or rebirth or whatever stage that scene is in right now. The five songs on their second 7” 
So Steady are pretty run of the mill mid-2000s pop punk, for lack of a better term, taking cues from bands like Lifetime and Texas is the Reason. There’s nothing groundbreaking on So Steady which isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve heard this band 100 times before and it’s not something I think there’s a huge demand for right now. Musically speaking, the five of them are decent, with the standout being the vocalist who has definitely found his voice since their 2011 demo. The other member that really stuck out to me was the drummer. His annoying, flapping double-bass style really overpowers the melodic aspect of the music. The drumming overwhelms each song and makes it hard to focus on anything else. It sounds like someone repeatedly hitting a shoe against a brick wall and it doesn’t help that it accentuates the handful of times that the band doesn’t seem to be in time with each other at all. Hopefully that’s just a production issue and not a band issue, but there is a spot or two that sounds off time in every song. I’d pass on So Steady unless you’re a really big fan of the genre.

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