It’s snowing outside. Not just like pretty, glittery snow– we are talking snow snow. The kind the comes with the wind that makes being outside painful. It’s because of that that I was unable to get together with a friend for some quality girl time. No need to fear though, the weather is giving me a chance to check out some new bands and albums including Equipment’s new EP ‘All You Admire’.
This quick four-song EP starts with “Coat Tails” and a sense of warmth instantly took over my house as the music started pumping through my speakers. The vocals on this track are smooth and calming while being full of energy. With nods towards older acts like Jimmy Eat World and Death Cab For Cutie, while staying modern by the way of bands like Microwave and All Get Out, Equipment’s sound is distinct, fun, and full of heart. The heartfelt lyrics just add to that feeling of coziness. There’s no question why this track was the first single from this EP to be released and to say it set the bar high for the three songs to follow would be an understatement.
“Surer Steady” starts with a line that really caught me. “Drunk off my ass. I’m in the bathroom sobbing again…” If you’re a twenty or thirty-something with no clue what they’re doing, those words cut right to your core before the entire band comes in with a triumphant entrance and blast this track off to a dreamland that makes everything okay for the listener. Although my life is going great right now, like everyone else, I’m dealing with declining mental health, and this song just kind of validated that it is okay to have those feelings. You know that phrase “It’s okay to not be okay”? This song is that in a nutshell and hearing songs like this will always hit me right in the heart and instantly become a new favorite of mine.
“Leave It” has a more aggressive beat and vibe to it while still coming with brutally honest lyrics that are absolutely relatable regardless of where you’re at in life, I like the edge that this song shows of Equipment. Although they do the soft and cozy sound so well, they also do this more angsty vibe perfectly. The way they through that line in while still not sounding completely different than the previous two tracks has me a bit baffled. Sure, there’s a bit more of an in-your-face feel to this one but it’s still distinctively Equipment.
This all-too-quick EP ends with “Non-Transfer” which brings back the warmth and coziness I got from “Coat Tails”. It’s honestly the perfect closer because it’s a track that makes you just sit back and drift off either into your head or into nowhere. The chorus of this track is catchy and leaves a hint of Equipment in your eyes even after the EP drifts off into silence. It’s a brilliant ending to a brilliant EP. My only complaint is how quickly this EP ends. Four songs? Why not fourteen. I truly can’t wait to see what else Equipment brings in the future and, once shows come back, you best believe I will be in the front row of one of their shows. Don’t sleep on this band. They have it all and are sure to be kings of the scene in no time.
My Favorite Track(s): “Surer Steady” (Although Every Song Was Amazing)
For Fans Of: Pop-Punk; Coziness; Music That Reminds You That It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
Daydream-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats watched the snow from my front window
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 9.3 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 9.4 out of 10
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