Review Summary: More energy than a 6 year old on Skittles, more catchy than swine flu, more raw than WWE.
It's surely quite a task to package that into a disc in under 15 minutes, but evidently not for these guys. Tied to a style where some sounds and some bands can become clichéd, tired, ultimately familiar, Our Time Down Here add something to the Hardcore table that's as fresh and exciting as the first time you get acquainted with such a genre. Not a second is wasted throughout this infectious collection of aural assault. And an assault it definitely is; Our Time Down Here will punch you in the face with their intense riffs and contagious gang vocals, and you'll love every second.
"High Tides" acts as an intro track, a grimy and distorted guitar provoking the other instruments as if it were the leader of an army boosting the morale of troops before they charge. All the while, eerie feedback screeches, hinting that something is about to hap-
If you were the enemy army, you'd have just lost the war. The EP's title track, and highlight "Revelations", pounds with its dense riffs and typical, but impressive, hardcore drumming and consequently demonstrates how uncompromising their sound is. Vocalist Will Gould has an immense raw shout that commands the song (and all the others for that matter). He guides the gang vocals in such a track like "Revelations" in which he and the rest of the gang begin with 'We are the kids!, (who know where our hearts lie!
)'. The vocal delivery throughout the EP always comes across untamed and aggressive, but with a definite sense of melody which is sure to get any crowd singing along.
As well as being super fun to listen/go-crazy/shout along to, the musical elements within some of their songs are impressively and successfully used, regardless of the short lengths of the tracks. For example, "A Road Less Travelled" has a fantastic bridge where the tempo drops like a brick, yet no pace in the track is lost – no, you're left with a crunchy riff partnered with a line sang with sheer ferocity - 'We push the wall to one side, nothing can stop this now
' - which you can't help but move to.
It's not unheard of for demo tracks to be lacking in musical quality compared with the rest of the album in question, but thankfully Our Time Down Here steer well clear of this trap. The demo "Four and a Ghost" being one of the most addictive songs on Revelations
- namely for the final quarter of the song, in which they utilise going into half-time and completely alter the riff, setting the listener up for a lyrics regarding the local scene. Although this topic has been covered before, the band proves that it's still gloriously fun to chant along to. Though they don't break the boundaries of what has already been done, Revelations
showcases that they really aren't trying to. The songs still surge with passion whilst simultaneously pulsing with a slight poppier feel. But really, there's just one thing you need to know about these guys. Their name is a quote from The Goonies. Is that enough for you?