Review Summary: The Young And Defenceless EP is surely not the best from FFAF, but it does have enough in it’s bag to keep us wanting for more.
After the great start, FFAF kind of lost the unique approach to the post-hardcoreemo genre, and drifted away into more rock oriented sound. The result was Tales Don’t Tell Themselves. Not a bad album, but it lacked the intensity of Hours and Casually Dressed... So, they decided to go to their “roots” on Memory & Humanity, and it turned out to be a step in the right direction, although giving us just a handfull of good tunes. After that, the band was struck with the departure of Darran Smith, and announced a new guitarist. The addition of a new member often tends to change the sound of a band, giving it a new perspective. The lineup change in FFAF definitely was a good one. On the new EP called The Young And Defenceless, FFAF are returning into their best form.
The EP is short with just 4 songs, and it presents FFAF in the best light since Hours. Starting with Serpents in Solitude, the band breaks away from their recent sound, and goes back to the sound of Casually Dressed...which, for most fans was the best period in their career. Serpents In Solitude is a tipical FFAF song, with their metal riffs, and fast drums. Add a great melody to that and the “drunk” Davies vocals, and you’ve got yourself a great score. The memorable chorus is still there. The next song, Vultures, reminds us of the Hours period, which of course is a good thing. Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t is faster than the other tracks on The Young And Defenceless, and it really gives more space to the new guitarist, Richard Boucher (ex Hondo Maclean). The fast pace, although with more melody continues on the last track called Sixteen. Davies vocals are at their best here, but the "teenage" tune of the song gives it questionable quality.
The Young And Defenceless EP is surely not the best from FFAF, but it does have enough in it’s bag to keep us wanting for more. It’s intriguing, and if the new album sounds a bit like this, it will give the FFAF fans a reason to celebrate.