Pass Away

Hey Death EP

Written by: PP on 13/01/2016 23:53:01

With previous and current members of I Am The Avalanche and Crime In Stereo in the lineup, what are the chances that Pass Away's debut EP "Hey Death" wouldn't be awesome? You guessed right, slim to none. Mike Ireland and Kellen Robson (ex-I Am The Avalanche) have teamed up with Eric Fairchild of Crime In Stereo for a punk rock trio that plays Midwestern punk exactly in the way that the genre was meant to be played. From the opening chants of "I need a quick fix, a quick fix!" of the 57 second, Off With Their Heads inspired rowdy rocker to the rough melodies and slower sing-alongs of "Monster", "Hey Death" offers pretty much everything a Midwestern punk could want.

Fast tempo? Check. Smoke-laden, ridiculously catchy vocals that take you down the memory lane to your favorite Lawrence Arms albums? You betcha. Sloppy, FEST-friendly production that leaves the expression sounding warm and honesty-driven? Yep. With a few parallels to the shouted-out anthems of Red City Radio scattered in between, you've got a by-the-books punk rock record that presses just about every right button for fans of late 90s punk rock and its no-frills resurgence spearheaded by Off With Their Heads in the last six or seven years. "Currituck Sound" is instantly memorable, and the "la-la-la-la-di-la" hum along on the upbeat "Comatose" should be a blast live.

At just six tracks and precisely thirteen minutes, pretty much the only negative to Pass Away is how fast it's over. With track after track of Midwestern punk calibrated just right in terms of production, melodies and sweaty sing alongs, the only thing you're left yearning for at the end of "Hey Death" is more of the same. That is unless you weren't a fan of this genre to start out with because this is very much a by-the-fans, for-the-fans type of a release.

Download: Quick Fix, Currituck Sound, Comatose
For the fans of: Off With Their Heads, The Lawrence Arms, Red City Radio
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Release date 28.08.2015
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