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This year has been quite an interesting one in terms of new EPs. New EPs from acts, such as KB & The Idyllwilde, Stabbing Westward and Hell or Highwater have shown clearly why EPs deserve just as much attention and credit as LPs. They have also released what are just some of this year’s top new EPs with their new recordings. Now independent rock band Alive Alone is hoping to make its own mark in the year’s field of new EPs with its new record Therapy. It will make its mark, too, as is evidenced through its garage punk style musical arrangements and lyrical content that make up its 19-minute body. The EP’s opener, ‘Death in Pretty Flesh’ is one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements. It will be addressed shortly. ‘Sorry’ is another way in which the EP shows its viability. It will be addressed a little later. The same can be said of the EP’s penultimate song ‘Same.’ When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the EP’s other three songs not noted here, the whole of that content will help the band make its mark within the indie and punk realms.
Alive Alone’s new EP Therapy is a positive offering from the independent garage punk band. The band’s third EP (according to information on its official Facebook page), it is a work that, as with its predecessors, will continue to help the band make its mark in the indie and punk realms. The record’s opener ‘Death in Pretty Flesh’ is one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements. That is due in part to its musical arrangement. The short and simple in examining the song’s musical arrangement is that it is pure garage punk. Front man Ricky Bravo’s vocal delivery couples with the guitar work of his band mate Mike Bravo and bass line of Andre Santucci to form a solid foundation for the arrangement. Drummer Danny Serrano’s time keeping and fills throughout the nearly two-and-a-half minute song to make this work a presentation that while short, is a firecracker of a work, and a powerful intro to the EP. The song’s lyrical content couples with that infectious, impacting musical arrangement to make the song stand out even more.
The song’s lyrical content comes across as being very introspective. What’s interesting is that even with that in mind, the song’s noted musical arrangement gives it a distinct feeling that is anything but the emo style work that it comes across as being. Ricky Bravo sings in the song’s lead verse, “Backed up/Am I lost/Are we perfect now?/I’ve got a little left inside my bag of tricks/You’re not the only one/In the car, in my head, in the house, on the meds, in the line at the shop when I’m tucked into bed/Every note, every crutch, every run, every f***/Did I fake what I was?/Did I kill what I-/Kill, kill, everybody kills/Everybody lies/But they never stand still/I feel, feel, feel it in my face/I feel it in my heart, yeah I feel it everyday.” Bravo continues in the song’s second verse, “I’ve got nothing left/Can’t tell what you want from me/By the way I look/Why would you try to save me?/We need time to let go/Tongue tied and my breath is stuck/I got a lotta less brain and a lot less luck/Bled out, I wonder why I stay/It’s okay, it’s okay/Fill out out/I wonder what they’ll say/It’s okay, it’s okay.” Again, this comes across as someone who is going through some heavy thoughts, yet instead of being down on himself/herself, the emotion is clearly a lot more intense. It’s like that person’s thoughts are racing, and in turn the person is just trying to process everything. It is an interesting presentation that many listeners will find accessible, especially when this is considered with the song’s musical arrangement. All things considered, the song in whole makes for a strong start for Alive Alone’s new EP Therapy and just one of the songs that exhibits the EP’s strength. ‘Sorry’ is another example of the EP’s most notable songs.
‘Sorry’ stands out because it offers listeners a very distinctly different sound than the arrangement at the heart of ‘Death in Pretty Flesh.’ Yes, the garage punk approach is there in this song, but it is more of a melodic approach than the up-tempo screamer that is the aforementioned song. This song is more subdued in its musical approach than that song and the EP’s other works. Santucci’s bass line forms the songs foundation this time out, while the Bravos’ vocal and guitar performance builds on that foundation along with Serrano’s drumming to flesh out the song even more and make it even more engaging and entertaining. One actually could compare the song’s arrangement to certain work from Offspring in this arrangement. It couples with the song’s lyrical content to make it even more able to connect to listeners.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Sorry’ comes across as focusing on someone going through a relationship issue, that time honored lyrical topic of so many songs across the musical universe. Ricky Bravo sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, ““You want me, I want better/A clean slate in dirty weather/I lose track in conversation/I got lost in the sensation/I hold onto the things that make me feel so low/Burning tight grip but I could never let go/Why is it so that you make me sick?/Somehow you’re still my first pick” The song continues the noted inference in its second verse, in which Bravo sings, ““Lying doesn’t change the images in your head/And “sorry” doesn’t fix all of the nasty things you said/I’m laying it all on the line, you’re really gonna hate me this time/It made sense to up and leave her/Your last words are cutting deeper/I can’t sleep, too busy thinking/I’m not sure what to believe in.” The song’s third and final verse follows much in the same vein is the song’s first and second verses. All in all, the song’s lyrical theme becomes clearly about someone dealing with the aftermath of a broken relationship. That matter, coupled with the song’s musical arrangement makes for a song that would be no surprise when it becomes one of the EP’s singles. It is just one more of the songs that serves to show what makes the EP worth hearing. ‘Same,’ the EP’s penultimate song, also ensures the record’s ability to engage and entertain listeners.
‘Same’ is interesting to note in that its musical arrangement boasts its own sound just as much as the other songs noted here have theirs. Santucci’s bass line and Mike Bravo’s work on guitar serve to form the foundation of the song’s arrangement. Ricky Bravo’s vocals and Serrano’s infectious drumming builds on that foundation and adds even more depth to this standout garage rock song. A close listen through the song, which runs just past the three-minute mark, makes it comparable to certain works from the likes of Dinosaur Jr. That approach is unique from that of the rest of the EP’s arrangements, showing even more the importance of the record’s musical content. When this mid-tempo work is considered along with the song’s lyrical content, which seems to be another introspective presentation, the whole of the song ensures even more that this song will make the EP engaging and entertaining.
The noted seeming introspective nature of ‘Same’ is inferred right from the song’s lead verse, in which Ricky Bravo sings, “Long day/Did you watch me sink?/Am I upside-down?/Is it in my head?/Short match/Was I too attached?/Will this ever play out like I hoped instead?” Bravo continues in the song’s second verse, “Long wait,are you filled with hate?Do you miss your friends, do you miss them bad?Short stay as I walked away, but you still hit me every chance you had” and adds in the song’s third and final verse, “I’m sorry that I didn’t find help much sooner/I didn’t know I was a danger to anyone else/I found it out while I was looking for nothing/I needed time to really look at myself.” Examining all of this as well as the song’s chorus, which offers its own introspection, the whole of the song’s lyrical content is sure to connect with listeners going through their own emotional crisis along the lines of that presented here. That is made even more certain when the song’s lyrical content is considered along with the song’s musical arrangement, which once again does not go along the “oh-woe-is-me” sense exuded through the song’s lyrical content. Keeping this in mind along with the impact of the other songs noted here and that of the rest of the EP’s songs, the whole of Therapy proves itself its own musical therapy for its target audiences.
Alive Alone’s new EP Therapy is a work that will certainly make a mark on this year’s field of new garage punk records. That is due in part to its musical arrangements, each of which is unique in its own way even with each work’s similarity to works from other indie punk bands. The record’s lyrical content will connect with listeners, too since each song’s lyrical theme is relevant to situations through which many people have gone through and/or are going through. All three of the songs examined here serve to support those statements. All things considered, the EP in whole proves to be a work that will serve therapeutic for those who give the record at least one listen. Therapy is available now. More information on the EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at Alive Alone’s official Facebook page.
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