Earl Grey hail from Mönchengladbach, Germany, have eight slick tracks of melodic hardcore here—almost metal guitars and some emotive power-boy singing of the Victory Records variety. In particular, “Passing Time” and “Haven” are pitch-perfect songs about restless-hearted dudes just trying to figure it out—ya heard?—as the years slip by: “I’ve got my head in the clouds and my feet on the ground,” shouts the singer. And well, I mean, yeah, same here, I guess. Same for my dog, too; she’s just a pup but says that shit all the time. There’s something about Passing Time’s immediate quality—perfect palm muting, shiny guitars with stop-on-the-dime-synchronization to (kind of distractingly) triggered drums—it couldn’t be sharper. Maybe you like Early Grey, and polished, discernible hardcore is your jam; then you’ll love Passing Time, but here’s my problem. All that glossiness—kind of like the adjective “beautiful” itself—gave off the flash and the appearance of urgency without ever inviting me inside. Might I compare thee to 2009’s Avatar? The EP costs 1,000 euros on Bandcamp, an interesting joke, and the CD I got from the band is not recognized by my CD player. Fool me once, Earl Grey!
–Jim Joyce (KROD, [email protected])