I somehow survived a week full of shows. I’m honestly impressed with myself but am also super tired but I’m not going to let that exhaustion have me wasting a Saturday. I have tons of new music to check out and no time to waste so let’s jump right into Full Deck’s new EP, ‘You Know It’s Real’.

As soon as “You Know It’s Real” hit my speakers, I fell head over heels in love with Full Deck. Although they look like youngsters from the photo on the cover of this EP, there was instantly a feeling of passion and emotion that came through on this opening track. A little grunge, a little alt-rock, and just the ever slightest hint of a pop-punk influence, this opening track brought me to life quicker than the fifth cup of coffee I was sipping on. I found myself completely lost in the world that is Full Deck in all of the right ways and, before I knew it, this quick EP was moving onto the second track.

“Limbic” is the song that got me interested in this band. I had heard it once before and I loved it. Much like “You Know It’s Real”, the influences were vast but the passion was heard loud and clear. Being able to hear this track again was a true treat and I feel like I got even more out of the song listening to it in the context of this album. Although the beat is infectious, the lyrics are heartbreaking and painful. I mean, the title alone- Limbic- is in reference to the part of the brain that is concerned especially with emotion and motivation (don’t worry, I didn’t know that off the top of my head and absolutely had to look it up) says it all. This is a stunning track and absolutely a favorite of mine on this four-track EP.

The various influences continue into “Catastrophize” while bringing an almost 90’s grunge vibe to the table which I absolutely adored. The vocals have a little bit of a rough edge to them which helps sink every word in deeper and deeper. As this song hits its stride, it hits you with a wall of sound that, although powerful, is not over the top. The amount of constraint this band shows not only instrumentally and vocally but just with their overall song structures is a stand-out throughout this album and really comes to light in this third song.

Ending this quick four-song EP is “Temptress” which brings a more indie-pop feel into the album. I instantly wish I would have gotten more of this dancey vibe from this band on previous tracks but also liked how, even though the last track, Full Deck was still throwing new elements at me making sure each song brought something different to the table while clearly being that of Full Deck. Four songs is not a lot of time to impress someone but Full Deck did that and then some with this ‘You Know It’s Real’ EP. What a great band with a unique and ever-changing sound. 

My Favorite Track(s): “Limbic”

For Fans Of: Energy; Emotion; Genre-hopping

Dance-ability: 6 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the living room floor; Autumn stared at the birds out the front window

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

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