Band: Mutiny Abroad
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Release: Vultures & Vices EP
For Fans Of: Every Time I Die, The Greenery, Botch
"We've become the worst versions of ourselves.."
Munity Abroad is a five piece hardcore punk band from Long Island, NY whose most recent effort is entitled "Vultures & Vices". The outfit gives a very unapologetic and aggressive offering with their new EP, from syncopated riffs, call and answer vocals, and down beats that could throw the most veteran of hardcore fans into a fit, Mutiny Abroad has plenty to keep fans of several different genres of heavy music entertained.
Vultures & Vices wastes no time letting the listener know what they're in for with the first track "The Devil Is Just A Lonely Guy Named Stan." A cautionary guitar riff fills the air, and it's not long before you feel the sudden urge to pick up your feet to the double time. Vocalist Brendan Gallagher kicks down the door to your ear drums and tells the bouncer to take a hike with his barking style that is drenched in frustration, all while the drum and bass races along at a pace that makes you want to beat your chest. The guitar work weaves it's way in and out of two-step chugging, abrasive minor riffs, and shred heavy licks that would make your father throw up the horns. Provided how crucial an opening track to an album is, the band certainly kicks off with a quality standard.
The quintet does great work of digging their claws in to the listener and beating them about the head with their sound, forcing you to feel the energy and chaos that undoubtedly ensues at their live shows. Tracks 2 & 3, "Hides" and "Etiquette" respectively, highlight the band's rhythm section, comprised of bassist Sid Valiquette and drummer Phil Corso. Full of aggression that is the true muscle of Vultres & Vices and does not give in once throughout the entirety of the EP. "Snap and Bite" is easily the most dense and messy track, showcasing just how over the top Mutiny can be. The noodley guitar riffs, the groove stricken breakdowns, the choppy back and forth rapport that the strings and drums use to communicate with each other, culminating in a breakdown that is guaranteed to knock you flat. Guitarists Jarod Cantor and EJ DiPasquale compliment each other and really shine on the later tracks "Shit Kicker" & "Fish Hook" as they build an unshakeable foundation with their fiery and soaring solos, while crashing it all down to earth with breakdowns at the end of these tracks that truly strike the listener at their core.
Mutiny Abroad will have no problem gaining the trust of fans of "southern" hardcore acts a la Every Time I Die, as it's apparent they draw heavily on the Buffalo hardcore group's influence, albeit sometimes a little bit too much. But it goes without saying they definitely play the genre well, and offer more than enough of their own ideas to keep things fresh.