Storming from the South coast, Dissonants released their debut EP Vultures. Merging architects, hands like houses and AFI this band have created a truly unique release.
Featuring their first ever single Exhale, the vocals provide an atmosphere that takes your eardrums to a higher state. The harsh crackle of the backing vocals contrasted with the dramatic pitch of Reece’s vocals is what makes the piece have depth. The drums kick off into a rhythm that we’ve seen before with hands like houses, it sets the tone and offers a melodic vibe to the listener. Guitarists Ben and Aaron stitch up the feels with their end-of-fret tremolo picking – similar to Architects, they smack you in the face with emotion but you can’t quite put your finger on wether you should be sad or not. The best thing about this song is that you can’t fit it into a specific genre – not quite what you’re used to hearing but the originality gives the thumbs up for this song.
Follow instantly puts us at a standstill with its heavy tuned stringed intro. Reece’s vocals match the vibe given from the instruments – ‘my head feels so far away, lost in the distance between love and hate’. The guitar accentuates this tragedy by yo-yo-ing between a low sound and higher one, perhaps this replicates the contrast of love and hate? Soon after the verse, the chorus follows up in a typically pessimistic way. The guitar then sliced the song into chunks of a small breakdown in which the vocals briefly turn demonic.. you know, like the typical tune you’d listen to growing up as an emo and that slight aggression kicks in for two seconds of the song and it fuels your inner angst. There are break ups in Follow which give us listeners a break from the monotonous tunes we hear that make the piece fall into a genre. The break ups are split over the board from drums, guitar and vocals so you can tell the whole band gave it their all. This song is almost nostalgic in a way that it sets you back to the emo days but also puts you in the present with the guitar almost in the metalcore region.
Overall, this EP should definitely be heard by many as it’s a one of a kind. However, as the vocals are so contrasting to the music itself, some people may not like it because they’re too used to their generic crap. Dissonants are a fusion of bands from different genres and have concocted a strange but pretty good musical cocktail. Gotta hand it to them to go out of the box, although there’s something missing from them – perhaps it’s the lack of breakdowns or gut wrenching vocals. This EP should be rated solely for the originality its nostalgia effects. Something quite a few bands lack nowadays.
Just like marmite. You either love it or you hate it.