2013 has seen it’s ups and downs for the #ezcrab genre. On the downside, Lakeview‘s full length album which was supposed to be released last summer never came out and their record label (remember arkaik records? lol) fell through and disappeared as quickly as it got started. But lots of positive things have also happened. These Hearts and Chunk, No Captain Chunk both released stellar albums and Abandoned By Bears keep putting out amazing single after amazing single (peep their newest music video here) with promises of an EP in the works.
But quite possibly the most interesting development in the #ezcrab genre this year has been the introduction of RISE ON EVEREST, who come from Russia of all places (I srsly can’t even think one other band that I listen to from Russia). Peep these tracks from their debut EP they released this last fall…
As soon as I heard the opening synth part followed by the happy downtuned riff I knew I was in love. Note that from the name of their EP (YOUR LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS!) and their general lyrical content that their music has a very positive vibe to it, which is a trait missing from a lot of pop punk lately IMO (specifically in the tr00neckcore scene). Don’t get me wrong, I love upper-middle class young adult angst just as much as the next guy, but you can never have too many uplifting #ezcrab jams.
The EP continues in the same vein as Find The Way with Enjoy & Smile and I have trouble deciding which song is more awesome because they are both so perfect. The sing-a-long synth part at the end makes me wanna get up and dance!
The Pursuit of Happiness is definitely heavier than the first two songs of the EP and at 13 seconds, they introduce one of the most epic moments in recent musical history that has yet to be seen in traditional #ezcrab until now: a POP PUNK SLAM. It sounds like if Devourment grew up on Four Year Strong and got super posi.
Valentine’s Day is definitely the poppiest song on the EP. I love how when they’re doing the super upbeat pop punk verses, the unclean vocals still manage to make their way in (35 seconds). Also mirin’ the Risecore-esque “get progressively louder and more aggressive sounding” vocals at 46 seconds. And dat chorus is catchy as fuck!
I’m getting some Chunk vibes from this song. It’s super fitting that they would start and end the last song of the EP with a breakdown. This song is basically one long breakdown and synth fest, which is what makes it so awesome.
Go download their EP for free on their bandcamp: http://riseoneverest.bandcamp.com/
And like them on facebook because the amount of likes they have on there is criminally low for a band this good: https://www.facebook.com/riseoneverest