Review Summary: Post-hardcore's newest up and comers.
In a music scene infested with breakdowns and synths, it's hard to differentiate yourself from the common herd. That is why we are seeing so many new bands not trying anything new, to try and fit into this generic scene of breakdown bands. Some bands however; take this common formula, and tweak it ever so slightly, resulting in an enjoyable effort even if it is a little familiar. The Words We Use is a perfect example of this. The band isn't rewriting the book on post-hardcore, but they know how to play their style of music, and they're damn good at it.
The EP kicks off with '56 Chances', beginning with chilling clean vocals and an eerie riff, all building up to an explosive scream complemented by a barrage of skillful guitar work and relentless drumming. You can tell from the start that the band is full of competent musicians. The guitarists know what they're doing, and even during breakdowns they add interesting lead work to stop any song from growing tedious. Riffs on songs like 'For The First Time In A Long Time' (no that's not synth in the beginning) really showcase the speed and technicality that these two possess. Bass is never a very prominent instrument in modern post-hardcore music, and for the most part, it's not prominent here either. You may occasionally hear the bassist, but he's just playing along. The drummer however; is extremely talented. He ties everything together perfectly, speedily playing along and never letting up on double bass kicks and quick drum fills.
The Words We Use is not only a talented band instrumentally, but vocally as well. Clean vocalist Tyler Richmond is one of the more higher pitched vocalists in the genre, but not to a point where he sounds whiny or obnoxious. I would compare him most to Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire, or dare I say Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens, who also lends his voice to a verse in the track 'Building Coral Castle'. The harsh vocals on the other hand are far from high pitched, as the screamer prefers low growls. They are consistently powerful and complement the soaring cleans perfectly, resulting in a dynamic vocal assault.
On this 4 song EP, The Words We Use show that they are a force to be reckoned with in the ever growing music scene. With skillful guitarists, soaring clean vocals, and an superb drum performance, Morals puts the band on the map. The only issue with this EP is that it leaves you wanting more from the band, as its 16 minute length does not satisfy. Keep an eye out, The Words We Use are post-hardcore's newest up and comers.