In Between - Still EP
Record Label: No Sleep Records
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Despite only being a couple of EPs into their career, No Sleep Records’ In Between is a band dripping in confidence. The five piece from Baltimore have been quietly chipping away since 2011 and somehow haven’t quite drawn the attention of the masses. However, this should be about to change. Their new five track EP, and first release on emo powerhouse No Sleep, is a well balanced, melodic, refreshing lesson in how to meld punk rock, post-punk and emo music together without fudging things up anywhere. If you haven’t heard of them yet, well, there’s always now, so get to it.
In Between’s music speaks for itself, really. Sounding a little like Lower Than Atlantis during their World Record days, Still manages to be catchy and accessible whilst retaining bags of musical integrity. The band featuring members of Praise and Sacred Love is blessed with both technical talent and a wonderfully distinct vocalist. Opener “Second Person”, is quite start-stop and displays the vocal talent undeniably present here. The vocalist sounds gruff and downbeat but then his clean vocals are so melodic and on spot which is refreshing, if only for its rareness. “Steady Hands At Seattle General” (a reference to the work of Denis Johnson) is another highlight with its emotive lyrical content and, yet again, excellent vocal performance.
An endearing aspect of In Between’s sound is the fact that they simultaneously sound like their world has given up on them and like they’re having fun. It’s a resigned “well, I’ve got nothing to lose” brand of fun, but it’s fun all the same. Whilst “Arm, Leg, Leg, Arm, Head” (a reference to either Jay Z, Wu Tang Clan or religion - I’m not sure which one’s most likely) sounds pretty upbeat and closer “Repeat Motion” has an almost pop-punk quality to it, the lyrical themes on here are far darker than the spiky music that presents them to us. It makes for enjoyable music to dance (or whatever it is you do to punk music) to which you can still listen to when you’re feeling down. So, basically, it’s a win-win situation.
Overall, In Between are a band that are going places. We’ve mostly come to accept that when No Sleep Records sign a band, they’re going to be awesome and, yet again, they’ve placed their bets on one of the best. Stream this EP, download it and wait patiently for their debut LP, it’s going to be a big one.