Rescue

Even People and Not the Odds

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Bands that are willing to experiment are the best, because they take what could be a listener's narrow expectation and really make something worthwhile out of it. The boys in Rescue are a perfect example of this. Taking what could have been a stale emo EP, they instead crank up the energy level, throw in some weirdo Captain Beefheart guitar work, and create a dynamic that lies somewhere between At the Drive-In and Hüsker Dü. "Like Spaceships" is a great opener, jumping from each riff and tempo with the sort of exuberance that can make this such a great genre. "The Mel Bay Way" flirts with reggae in a way that's very hard to explain, while other parts of the song utilize Dave Mustaine-esque guitar work to a completely different end than the thrash metal guitarist would imagine. Even the last song manages to sound like the skeleton of a Billy Joel song with singer Al Scheurman singing, speaking, and wailing over the track in a very bizarre yet wonderful way. Of all the emo bands trying to poke their head into the genre, Rescue has a great batch of songs and a performance style to really back it up. This is a great EP that deserves further attention.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:19
2
3:43
3
3:53
4
3:12
5
2:10
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