Review Summary: they are losing originality and that's a fact. Good thing the music is fun.
What made FACT interesting before was their ability to seamlessly and rapidly switch between genres without breaking a sweat. In their album Fact
they did just that, simultaneously confusing and impressing listeners with their completely spontaneous musical direction. However, in their next album, In the Blink of an Eye
, the band chose to scrap their randomness, thereby cutting off what made the band memorable. It wasn’t poor quality, but the band had a great thing in their previous style, and it was disappointing that they chose to end it. This leaves us with their new EP, Eat Your Words
, which had much anticipation building up to it. Would they return to their previous style, or continue their less irregular pacing? The answer is all too clear.
FACT really isn’t unique anymore. Sure, they may be 100% faster than most punk or post-hardcore bands, but that’s about as different as they get. It’s not a bad EP of course, it’s just disappointing that FACT are letting their potential go dry. Any originality that they once had is now replaced with predictable vocal parts, and lackluster gang vocals. Songs are way too similar, and it doesn’t help that the lead singer has to sing some version of “WHOOOOAH” in every single song. This is quite the problem considering that the EP only consists of six songs! It’s also quite pathetic when compared to their album Fact
, which was incredibly diverse despite including a whopping sixteen songs.
Another problem is that the band is much too dependent on the guitar. The problem with this is that songs can quickly turn boring when the hooks are lacking. Take ‘error’ for example, which features an uninteresting guitar line that sounds like a slightly altered variation of Renfue’s guitar line in ‘What You Wanted’. However, we have the opposite problem in ‘Attack If Me You Dare’, which has an intriguing guitar line that is ruined by a rather boring, and poorly written song. FACT are running out of ideas.
Much can be said about the EP’s negative qualities, but let's not forget the silver lining. This is still a FACT EP, and this means that the music within is still incredibly catchy, fun, and joyful. The band is still kicking despite losing their creative edge, and it is unlikely that they will ever release a truly bad album. It’s still the same old band, and they certainly haven’t sold out on us.