I’m a sucker for good vocals. I will probably follow Billy (formerly the frontman of one of the most underrated bands of the last five years, Mea Culpa) through all of his musical journeys because of this. While you won’t find much musically in common with his former band (the snarl and fangs have been traded in for a much more upbeat approach), the message (through poetic lyrics that have the rare ability to not come off as wimpy or trite) is a pretty similar outcry of the world going to pot around us. Shorthand For Epic takes these societal laments, which could just as easily work in dirges, and makes them danceable and fun. And, for me, that’s a necessity because, when everything is failing around me, dancing, if only for a moment, makes it at least bearable.