Plus 10 Damage – The Debut ‘Serious Suggestions, Please’ EP.
Plus 10 Damage not only garner brownie points for their name but also shockingly for being musicians in a music-band and creating sound. June 2016 saw the latest instalment in the form of Serious Suggestions, Please in it’s self-proclaimed ‘Slow Rock Punk’.
Despite the unorthodox term, that is exactly what you get from a band that wear their diverse set of influences very well but in no obvious gratuity. Shavings of Punk-Rock and Pop-Punk music from the across the board, strong Alternative Rock riffs and even slight rumblings of old-school Post-Hardcore litter this bedroom floor.
‘It’d Make Sense To Make Sense Out Of Something’ almost fools you into expecting Indie Rock in the opening lick, with the vocals almost leaning that way themselves before a slow-Punk rumble takes over and a dual vocal chorus cuts the air around you.
‘Drowning in the comfort of the mundane, todays another day, wondering whats left to say‘.
There’s an obvious influence from The Menzingers and even a flare of Frank Turner on the vocals and this is especially true on the almost Folk-leaning, ‘The Night Is Young’. – ‘The night is young but I’m already done – did I lose the point in having fun‘.
Punk or Punk fuelled releases that are far slower compared to any of their contemporaries can often leave you waiting in vain for that explosive pace or bite that sadly never comes, leaving you somewhat bored. This debut however doesn’t do that as the musicianship and well written nature of these four tracks keeps you enthralled.
The closing, ‘What Escape Plan?’ is the embodiment of saving the best until last and in its relatable and bluntly honest melancholy and gritty determination, it closes an EP that has left me rather impressed.
Until next time, ‘Humans playing rock music‘.
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