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Music Review | Erica Drive, The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

Here’s what Sophie Porter had to say after a first listen of Erica Drive’s latest EP, The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing

Following its inception in 2017, Bournemouth based alt-rock quintet, Erica Drive, gained momentum through 2018 as a result of their debut self-titled EP. The band is now fresh out of the studio with their sophomore effort, The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing.

Setting Erica Drive apart from other bands in the scene is their three guitar lineup which provides opportunity for explorative, far-reaching riffs and dense layers of sound.

The EP, overall, is a haven for classic pop-punk characteristics: sparse and contemplative breakdowns leading towards fuller endings; synchronised driving guitar; distant ostinatos (repeated musical phrases or rhythms) and a soft/gruff vocal dynamic.

In tracks like Better Man, with its brooding and angsty overarching feel, the guitar work and dual vocal style brings to mind the qualities of Emo-pop veterans’, Taking Back Sunday, 2004 hit A Decade Under The Influence, whilst these same qualities in Anchor possesses a sound more alike to British alt-rock bands We Are The Ocean and pre-2010 Deaf Havana. 

There are flourishes of melodic post-hardcore in final track, The Fall, akin to that of Thrice and, true to form, the track rings the EP out with a large and atmospheric ending.

The EP’s overall production is impressive, what with the weight of John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Matchbook Romance) behind mastering duties, but something of the band’s full breadth and impact seems somewhat compromised in pursuit of a clean and tidy record - especially since seeing the band’s live performance which, for me, is a truer representation of its raw passion, talent and energy.

Catching up with the band prior to hitting the stage at Gringo’s in Norwich, UK, there’s a real endearing camaraderie which is transposed onto the stage, making their presence dynamic and the belief they have in what they’ve created, authentic.

As the five piece strategically place themselves amongst the backline of cabs, combos and drums, it soon becomes apparent that the band’s sound is larger than the venue itself.

The nuances of the live performance take the EP tracks to the next level: the clarity in the separate guitars as they operate in harmony; the sheer power with which the drums are attacked, the well adjusted fuzz of the bass, and the full-throated and stentorian roar of the backing vocals. Live, you can truly feel the drive which is somewhat, and sadly, lost in the recording.

The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing channels the band’s collective and suppressed emotional burdens into four tracks of high-energy, cathartic pop-punk. This release is set to be widely enjoyed by both modern day alt-rock fans and those with a penchant for the nostalgia of 2000s melodic hardcore and emo-pop, and gives us a taste of what Erica Drive could bring to a full length album.

The Hate, The Hurt, The Healing will be available on CD and digital download via the band from the 12th April 2019.

For more information on the EP and where you can buy, visit the band at:
Facebook.com/ericadriveband
Twitter.com/ericadriveband
Instagram.com/ericadriveband

Setting Erica Drive apart from other bands in the scene is their three guitar lineup which provides opportunity for explorative, far-reaching riffs and dense layers of sound

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