Review Summary: Leftovers from the band's worst era.
I’m going straight to brass tacks here; for all intents and purposes if you never quite gelled with what ASIWYFA did on their fourth studio album, Heirs
, there is little reason for you to check out this amuse-bouche of an EP. Like Heirs
itself – at best Successors
displays specific elements of what makes the band so fun to listen to (ala punctuated, crunchy grooves and colourfully expressive guitar effects); at its worst it plays out exactly like it sounds on paper: three cutting-room floor songs that never made Heirs
’ final tracklisting. Initially I went into this thinking it was a fresh batch of songs, but it quickly became apparent this wasn’t the evolutionary continuation on from the excellent The Endless Shimmering
LP. It’s a mercifully short spin, but despite me running through it into the double figures, it’s what I would call the ‘amnesia experience’ where you forget everything that has just transpired. If you can cast your mind back to the derivative writings of Heirs
and then imagine diluting the quality of that for this, you’ll garner a rough idea of what to expect from Successors
. If you’re a hardcore fan of the band or a completest who enjoys all of their works, this is a supplement that may pique your interest, but for anyone else, it’s pretty clear why the band initially dropped these filler tracks to begin with.
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