Year Zero. by Friends Don’t Lie: EP Review
Friends Don’t Lie is an upbeat trio from Germany. Their EP entitled “Year Zero” is full of alternative and punk numbers that will surely resonate and ignite your rebellious nature. The gritty guitar pieces combined with the sensational melodic vocals reminiscent of Blink- 182 and Sum 41 are an eargasmic experience you must take on.
The EP consists of 6 songs, and immediately upon hearing it, the trio’s energy captured my attention. The second track of the EP is the same name as the band, “Friends Don’t Lie”, it feels like a coming-of-age anthem perfect to describe the special bonds developed in our youth. The rush of the drums combined with the heavily distorted riffs truly amp up your soul, and there are smooth vocal pieces that manage to keep everything catchy and in order. A sentimental side of the band shows “Right There”, with some light notes accenting the track. The melody moves to an interesting emotional rhythm section, with minimal percussions and brilliant guitar chord structures.
The track “Love & Solidarity” filled my thoughts with immense nostalgia. As a youngin’, I was immensely agitated with my emotions, as we all were, and so strong guitar-driven punk music was my salvation. To put it in perspective, the track’s passionate force from the singing and guitar transitions are quite memorable. There’s a bridge section that shifts gears on the tempo a bit with a vibing lead portion on the guitar and then transcends with an enlightening solo.
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Review by: Damien Reid