Our Lives In Cinema and The Debut EP.
Another from the London underground scene, Our Lives in Cinema have just release their debut three track EP that attempts to merge early 2000’s Post-Hardcore with that of earlier Pop-Punk and 90’s Punk bands such as Alkaline Trio, Blink-182 and New Found Glory.
Almost instantaneously the angst-ridden and emotive melodic delivery fits well-enough, with said citations leaning closer to the more mature and less Pop-Punk-led facets of the former two staples most notably but these aren’t the only “big names” you feel influence from. An earlier Polar Bear Club crossed with mid-career Rise Against can be drawn from both the vocal and guitar melodies of ‘Cut and Run’ where OLIC flirt with driven and anthemic Melodic Hardcore.
‘I’m Drunk and None Of This Is Real’ is also nothing but anthemic with the chord progression building up the anticipation for a potentially huge chorus. Oddly the chorus is actually quite unexpectedly less so its own entity and rather in straight continuation from the verses giving this middling track the honour of being the best of the three.
To be honest I expected far more of a Post-Hardcore-led sound but with the constant and thick layer of melody the band boast a strong cohesive sound with the aforementioned Post-Hardcore merging well with the other Punk diversifications, akin in delivery to Polar Bear Club on this small but filling platter.