It’s All In… Layman’s Terms – The Debut EP.
Eight tracks and seventeen minutes of adrenaline filled Melodic Hardcore how it should be played.
For the debut EP Layman’s Terms have opted for eight tracks rather than the standard four or five, which is a strong statement in itself that thankfully is backed with another Bristol broadside of raw and honesty founded Punk-Rock music.
Like a more modern and supercharged Gorilla Biscuits or Dag Nasty, with a healthy dose of the later legends and the band’s heroes Strung Out in the mix, the self-titled EP its utterly unrelenting in its pace, grit and discontent.
Layman’s Terms were lucky enough to support Strung Out at Camden underworld recently but I digress. It’s time…
As much as this release is seemingly over almost as soon as it starts in a somewhat traditional manner, its immersive capability and appeal is not forsaken for a moment and if you’re walking along with it rupturing your ear drums in the process, at least you’ll reach your destination with time to spare or to listen again.
‘Getting Sick’ is very much classic of this brand of Punk-Rock and sits very close to the early Melodic Hardcore sound that still had all it’s Hardcore bite. The melodic guitars are sat on top of the abrasion rather than dominating it and the frenzied yet very short solos act as perfect bridges between the unrelenting tempo.
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‘Antisocial Media actually boast one of the best on the release, with slight air of The Unraveling and Revolutions Per Minute-era Rise Against about it before ‘No Trust’ takes centre stage in similar style, keeping pace and driving the beast onwards.
‘Undeniable’ – ‘I don’t regret the choices, I’ve made through my life, decisions that I stand by‘. Sonically channeling Strung Out influence, much like its subject matter it holds its ground. By ‘iDrone’ you are fully immersed and about time too, for the “need” of the latest and shiniest technology is up for debate.
‘Tomorrow Burns New’ has top marks for the song title but feels more a filler track than the former five. It’s a fast and hard-edged Punk song that doesn’t relent in the slightest and is sonically sound but lacks the same hooks.
‘Salvador’s Clocks’ brings back the melody without sacrificing the drive and the band’s penchant for the harder and heavier continues to expand outside what you are hearing. The guitar work is on point and there is no point whatsoever complimenting the drums because they’re as tenacious as ever.
‘Minor Setback’ was one of the first given any real air by the band and standing as perhaps the best on the EP, it is well suited to close.
Find Layman’s Terms below:
- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.
- For hardcopies of the self titled EP and merch contact the band or catch them live.
- The debut EP can be streamed on SoundCloud, Deezer, Tidal and Spotify.
- The EP is available for digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, with bandcamp a future possibility.
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