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14 November 2016 (released)
01 February 2017
Just to whet our appetites for their LP release later this spring, alt-rock duo The Survival Code have offered up a 3 track preview, two A-sides and a B-side. The high energy collection features vocalist and guitarist Gary McGuinness and drummer Tom Cook pummelling out unyielding rock n roll.
The EP’s title track builds on steady muted guitar, interjected by sharp stabs. McGuinness is briefly containing a fury. The chorus opens up into a ‘Dave Grohl on the loose’ Foo Fighters brand chorus. The band cranks it up another gear plowing into desert rock riff territory to take the fiery tune home.
‘One’ comes out of the gate like a straight-forward bangin’ Motley Crue tune but quickly shifts gears into more progressive territory. Guitars dip down like low-flying fighter jets. McGuinness’ voice has an airy rasp that erupts unexpectedly to sucked in falsetto or manic screams. He belts out the chorus “Maybe this will be the one” with the thick growl of Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody. A millennial whoop post-chorus to get the teens jumping slips into a wild, breakneck breakdown. Chugs and squeals churn up a ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ style buildup firing the listener into the final crushing chorus.
B-side ‘Lost Cause’ gives a taste of their upcoming LP’s deeper cuts. Still raging with the same testosterone but more formulaic in nature, the tune is a no-nonsense, four-on-the-floor rocker. The guitars are 10 layers thick, the chorus is briefly memorable. However, the lack of creative changes like the other two tracks puts them in danger of falling into Three Days Grace or even Nickleback territory.
It’s hard to tell where The Survival Code’s path will lead them in 2017. If their album is replete with tracks like ‘Lost Cause’, I think hopes of their album making a splash may be just that, a lost cause. However, if they can fill the album with seat-of-your-pants breakdowns like we here on their A-sides, The Survival Code will definitely turn some heads.