The Factory Incident

Helmshore EP

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Crafting the sort of jangly indie rock that bands like Cat Power have brought to the mainstream, the Factory Incident's first EP is a pleasant collection of songs. The Factory Incident have an up-tempo sadcore sound, meaning they don't meander over the tracks but they definitely sound sad and depressed. The guitars are typically angular and shimmering, while the vocals are very thin and have a Jason Pierce delicacy about them. The hooks are decent enough, although in general the album suffers from a lack of commitment from John Schroeder's vocals. He may feel as though his method of delivery is the best for the genre, but it certainly doesn't complement the songs. With a little bit of tweaking, the Factory Incident could be great, but this EP just stands as a showcase for the band's potential, nothing more.

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