Release Date: 4/26/2019
Release on: Lockjaw Records
Location: Pesaro – Italy
Favorite Tracks: The Deserter, High Tide, Pipe Dream
Sounds Like: AFI,The Used, Strung Out, Flatliners, and A Wilhelm Scream
The UK’s Lockjaw Records are kicking some major ass when it comes to releasing some great music. We’ve reviewed a bunch of their releases, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/category/lockjaw-records/. Not a single release has let us down yet. When I saw Italy’s Edward In Venice dropped a new video. My old man self did a fast fist pump. That’s what we all did before so called dabbing, haha. I got lucky and grabbed a media release as soon as I could.
I have to be honest. I’m new to Edward In Venice. They have over 5K fans on their Facebook page. “I guess you could say, things are pretty serious”. Sorry had to throw in a cheesy Napoleon Dynamite quote there.
Let’s dig into “Empathy”. The record starts out with, “The Deserter”. This song is wicked good. The drums, are fucking nuts! The vocal range both singers meet is admirable. This song is perfect when you need to release some anger on a nonviolent level.
The next track up is, “High Tide”. Throw this one in the, “I need a release bin”. Everything in this song is catchy and relatable. The sheer talent of all on this one is remarkable. The vocals really shine again on this track.
“Spark The Philly” is full of pure skate punk love. So far this record has made me revisit my youth a bunch of times. It angry, fast, and perfect. I’m betting this or “The Deserter” will be their next video. Then this super odd transitional tune comes in called, “Manolo Riddim”. Ok what happened to my angry punk rock? Don’t fret it comes roaring back with, “Pipe Dream”. This song is super catchy and fun to jam along with.
“Blue Whale” is the next song up and will easily appeal to fans of the Used or maybe even some MCR, yet less whiny when compared to Gerard Way. Don’t get me wrong I love MCR, but sometimes they make me wanna slap them. The last song is “Vaporeon”. You can feel the energy that everyone puts out on this record as it culminates in a dramatic finale.
Personally I’m a bit sad this ride is over, yet I think I found myself a new favorite. I’ve also found a new band to add to my, “Fuck Off Playlist”. “Empathy” is definitely getting my recommendation for CPRA’s International EP/LP of the year for 2019. Hit that preorder link here, https://lockjawrecords.co.uk/edward-in-venice-empathy/.
Track List Subject To Change
- The Deserter
- High Tide
- Spark The Philly
- Manolo Riddim
- Pipe Dream
- Blue Whale
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