Review Summary: Energy is full of just that to satisfy your cravings.1 of 1 thought this review was well written
For any individual submerged into the generation x hardcore outlet, it's a fairly poignant experience in the sense that overlooking things of a different manner get shifted aside faster than the music chugs along. One would be hard pressed to go to a show now of days riddled with a colorful variety of upcoming acts and not walk away with a slim minimum that catches short attention spans quenching the primal urge to find a blissfully chaotic release in the live acrobatics that separates this unique foundation from anything else out there. Case in point comes in the form of Massachusetts's melodic hardcore band Energy. Enlisted with five young kids still fresh on the scene comes a triumphant collection of eight blistering tracks showcasing the nostalgia of where AFI would have left off if they hadn't dropped the ball in a time that seems so distant.
In a sea where only the vicious survive it's a common reminder that you don't always have to be a ticking time bomb ready to reign terror and display, in some instances, a mocking sense of testosterone to be taken seriously amongst the vast hardcore elite. This is where melodic hardcore came to fruition with the brutality of the instruments kept in balance while introducing a frontman capable of lending vocal range that some closed minded advocates would detest serves no rightful place grouped in such familiar plateaus. Despite the naysayers, this is one hybrid that has grown in popularity spreading like wildfire across the borders, via venue and internet, expanding right in front of our very own eyes. Leading the pack introduces Energy's band of brothers Tank (Vocals), Joey (Guitar), Dan (Guitar), Conor (Bass), and Keith (Drums), set out to not necessarily tackle any unscorched new territory but make it an undeniable goal to be the top dogs to conquer the heap.
As the dust was slowly settling upon the rise of a new year back in 2007, Energy set out with the help of independent label Rock Vegas Records to state their claim and create their mark with pure adrenaline that hits multiple atmospheres delivering a flawless interactional experience. The Punch The Clock Ep ensues with a brief intro reminding the listeners of the line and sinker filled journey that awaits them with fast paced movement resulting in a collective gang vocal salute that lays to waste any negative speculation. The album immediately takes off as soon as its feet touch ground in a lightening speed transition into the first official track "Keep The Change." From the start it's evident that the attention focused on this band that clearly distances them from the wide disarray of newcomers is Tanks distinctive voice that echoes slight memories of Davey Havok in his The Art Of Drowning and Sing The Sorrow era.
The greatest part of the whole effort is without dispute the ballsy motive to cover "Everlong" from the Foo Fighters cult classic album The Colour and Shape. The band channels all the elements of the cherished melody with the conscious notation to rev it up a smidge to keep with the times. It's definitely a statement that tests the waters in revealing that this is a tight network of friends who know how to flow where others who would dare try their might at this feat would surely fall in disgrace. These boys aren't masters of their domain quite yet but with time and practice the potential is evident in the process of holding major weight in the years to come. It would be unreasonable and irresponsible to make believe that this is a universal preference because in all reality Energy is one of those bands that you accept in enjoyment or you simply don't. If this hasn't been your cup of tea in the early stages of the game then the diagnoses will result on the whims of a different horizon to find something new but if this is an existing required taste that needs a boost then Energy is full of just that to satisfy your cravings.