Misser
Distancing


4.5
superb

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
May 24th, 2013 | 72 replies


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Misser have built a firm foundation with their strongest material to date.

Just one short year after their debut full length Every Day I Tell Myself…, pop-punk duo, Misser, have returned with their most exciting batch of songs yet. It’s rare for a side project to outdo the bands that spawned them, but if Misser’s latest effort is a sign of things to come, they’re working up to something spectacular. Featuring members of Transit and This Time Next Year, their newest EP, Distancing proves they’re not going anywhere anytime soon as they do anything but distance themselves from the listener. In fact, it marks an improvement over their debut in just about every way as they lay down some solid ground work to build on.

To understand how much Misser have advanced musically since their last effort, one doesn’t need to look any further than the high-octane opener ‘Goddamn, Salad Days.’ It’s one of the most aggressive songs they’ve done, as Tim Landers (Transit) steps his game up and delivers some of his harshest vocals to date which match the hardcore vibe of Brad Wiseman. He sounds better on this release as well, with what seems like his most effortless performance as his voice is more energized than ever, but doesn’t feel forced. However, ‘Burn Out’ is the track that’s destined to turn heads with its definite Brand New vibe and the flawless vocal trade-off of Landers and Wiseman. It’s not that they sounded awkward on their last effort, but they lacked the undeniable chemistry that that’s oozing through their new EP. Every song bleeds into the next with ease as both members complement each others vocals with a newfound confidence. Other songs like the fast-paced ‘Infrared’ are shorter in length, but no less effective as they are overflowing with sing-along choruses and emo-tinged guitar lines.

It’s almost unfair to classify Misser as ‘pop-punk’ due to the various influences that are glittered throughout every song ranging from indie to hardcore, but they clearly have a pop-punk center. This center is only strengthened by the layers that surround it, and the improved vocals and instrumentation act as the glue that keeps it all intact. Apart from the music itself, the lyrics have also matured since their last venture. Lines like Nobody’s gonna save me now or Out of my godamn mind, all of the godamn time are simple, but effective and showcase the band’s ability to take somewhat pessimistic lyrics and turn them into a really good time. I can’t stress the impact good lyricism is able to have on the genre, and while Distancing doesn’t have the most meaningful lyrics I’ve heard all year, they’re above the majority of their peers and a welcome improvement over their last release, Every Day I Tell Myself…

In a year that’s already been exceptional for pop-punk fanatics, it might be a little too easy for one to overlook Misser’s Distancing, but they’d be missing out on one of the most honest, well-crafted releases of 2013. Forget the fact that it’s only an EP. There’s more worthwhile content packed into these five songs than most bands in the same playing field are able to fit into a full album. It doesn’t hurt that both members have already had experience in respectable bands, but there’s just something special that happens when they work together and thankfully their newest effort strengthens that statement as it builds a strong foundation for Misser to work with.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album stream:

http://propertyofzack.com/post/51081684058/poz-stream-misser-distancing-ep

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ABjordanMM
May 24th 2013


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening now. First song is pretty sweet.

Digging: Manchester Orchestra - Hope

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

third song is even better

ABjordanMM
May 24th 2013


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2nd song is cool too. dang

ABjordanMM
May 24th 2013


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's all really solid

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad u liked it man

JackSparrow
May 24th 2013


1686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Every song bleeds into the next with ease as both members compliment each others vocals with a newfound confidence."

I think you mean "complement" not "compliment"

Another good review. I like the ep a lot, my only complaint is that it isn't a full-length haha

ViperAces
May 24th 2013


12430 Comments


how unnecessary is it to write EP on the title, when the album is already on the EP section

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol tell me what you really think!

thanks jacksparrow i'll look into that

mindleviticus
May 24th 2013


8231 Comments


How good is this on a scale of 1 to paramore

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Cygnatti
May 24th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it's actually 'better than paramore'

just like taylor swift is.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check the link mindle. i'd be surprised if you didn't like the first song

Azn.
May 24th 2013


5610 Comments


getting lazy on Transit but heyo at least we have Misser

Azn.
May 24th 2013


5610 Comments


and good lyricism can sometimes make or break a band

JackSparrow
May 24th 2013


1686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a lot better than the latest Transit

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's better than the last This Time Next Year as well but didn't they break up?

ABjordanMM
May 25th 2013


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Feature!

PunchforPunch
May 25th 2013


6280 Comments


POP PUNK!? POP PUNK!!

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JackSparrow
May 25th 2013


1686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This Time Next Year werent too special, only their debut was any good. Other than that they were a NFG ripoff. As for Transit, I liked Young New England but they need to get things together and put out at least an EP as good as Listen & Forgive

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed jack although don't let andcas catch u saying that lol. Seriously though TTNY's debut was good but i only like one of their 2 singers and the one i like was underused in their last album. This is better than anything TTNY have done though



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