Send Away Stranger - Gables
Release Date: May 7, 2014
Record Label: Self-released
Send Away Stranger is pretty much destined to blow the fuck up. It’s hard to imagine they won’t - with their blend of emo-flavored pop-punk riffs and raw, visceral yells there’s very little not to like. It’s like a gruffer Pentimento or a less noodly You Blew It! or something. It’s good.
“Tongue and Teeth” wastes no time, a rough punk song with enough grit to reel in fans of the genre’s more abrasive acts, but enough pop sensibility to hook in those with ears for melody. “St. Angry” plays similarly, spitting “Out with the old guns/in with the nukes” over one of the EP’s more imaginative riffs.
The B-side opens with “Loopholes,” which sounds like a long-lost The Progress track, completely abandoning the harsher vocal delivery in favor of a high pitched croon. The song winds down for a chorus and you’re asked “What keeps you warm in those winter months?” It leads into a twinkly breakdown that really sounds like it was stolen directly from a Two Knights song - it doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the song, and it sounds generic. The band keeps up the slightly toned down sound on “I Hate My Shelf,” which is an apt, if succinct, finale to the EP. It highlights Send Away Stranger’s capabilities as musicians, their two separate vocal styles, and their accusatory, blunt lyricism - all things that help to make Gables a success.