NOT have changed a lot in the times I’ve seen them and heard their music. Their last few releases were more of a milder Hard-Core (to me). And they included more Ska and other influences.
This release, ‘Demo’, is rough, raw, and ragged. But that’s all in a good way. Think 80’s Hardcore.
A few things has always remained consistent, by the way.
-Their ability to put out amazing music
-Their ability to play beyond their age (All members are under college-age)
-The way they ‘own’ the stage when they are on it, so to speak.
1st Track: Pin.
Building up from a slower melody, ‘Pin’ gets going into a heavy thrasher. It seems to be about severed friendships and the feelings that go along with that, from what the lyrics are.
2nd Track: Species.
‘Species’, from what I take from the lyrics, is about violence. (‘Shoved in a bag/ Smashed to bits….) It’s one of the angriest tracks on the album, and certainly speaks volumes; in both words and musical accompaniment.
3rd Track: Shivering.
A song that tells of a fight and fear, I found this third track the most relatable. The words, oddly enough, describe parts of what my panic attacks feel like. And the music had that chaos-y feel that my mind does while experiencing one.
4th Track: Larkhill.
I would have to say ‘Larkhill’ is a vindication track, just because of the lyrics. (‘You’ll think once/ you’ll think twice/ But now I know in the end I was right.) It also, to me, feels like the most ‘structured’ song on the album, despite what sound like laser effects and a chaotic undertone.