It was a long weekend. Monday’s are rough to begin with but today seems a bit rougher than usual as far as fighting off my exhaustion is concerned. With that being said, I need something to jumpstart me tonight so I can get some more work done. I know nothing about Rest Easy but the band picture I saw of these guys includes the members sporting shirts from The Descendents and GOB. I’m really hoping that is a sign of what I’m going to get from this quick four-song EP.
As soon as “Get Busy Dyin'” kicked off, I knew I was going to love every second of this EP. Fast, brutal, in your face, energetic– this was exactly what I needed. At just a minute and twenty-one seconds, this is a super quick song but I feel like you still really get to know what this band is going to be about. Even with the heaviness and aggressive nature of this track, there’s a small part in this track that has a huge sound that almost feels a bit more pop-punk than the more straight punk of the rest of this track. The t-shirts in the band picture I saw did not lead me astray. I heard everything from GOB to The Descendents to even a little Four Year Strong in this track.
“Headaches” isn’t much longer but I loved the energy of this track and the very A Wilhelm Scream feeling of this track. Still fast and in your face, I feel like the vocals stand out a bit more in this track and the words they were saying were hitting me just right. “Shit could get worse..” Yeah, it could and its lines like that that was just what I needed to hear tonight. Sadly, before I knew it, the song was over, and “Bad Idea” was taking over. The amount of power in this song is impressive. The beginning of the track packs a punch with the simplicity of the vocals over slamming drums and chugging guitars before the song expands into something more complicated. This song (along with the previous two tracks) is somehow both familiar and new at the same time making this a super easy listen.
The title track, “Sick Day”, closes out this far-too-quick EP with the same amount of force that it opened with. There’s something a bit more frantic about this track than the others but it never turns into chaos. Again, lyrics that hit right to the core- “It’s okay to not be okay. Yeah, I’ll sit around on the couch all day.” I only wish I had a lyric sheet to follow along with because the words I caught were just what I needed. After a quick break in the track, the band explodes into this sound that can only be described as triumphant. I suppose this EP had to end and “Sick Day” was the perfect way for that to happen without completely breaking my heart.
I want more. I want so much more from Rest Easy. What a great a powerful EP that will be on repeat for me for the foreseeable future.
My Favorite Track(s): All of them
For Fans Of: Rage filled pop-punk; GOB, The Descendents– you know, good bands; Energy
Mosh-ability: 9 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid on the back of the couch; Autumn was being creepy and sitting at the end of the hall staring at the coat closet door
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 10 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 9.8 out of 10
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