BOWS: Never Unite: 7”

Bows is a Japanese melodic punk band. This three track-EP mixed melodic punk and howled vocals into a neat release. The first track, “Neverunite,” features extremely growly vocals over some mostly pop punk instrumentation that occasionally veered off into experimentation. The next two tracks, “Against the Wave of Depression” and “Why Does It Always End Up Like This” sound very similar. This group has an interesting sound that a lot of melodic punk fans would enjoy, but ends up a little repetitive. They’ll certainly be an interesting group to keep an eye on, but this release was a little bit wearisome (which is something of an achievement for a 7”). –Anna Farr (Brassneck, brassneckrecords.bandcamp.com)