Review: Vermont's Debut Self-Titled EP
- Georgia Kearins
- On March 27, 2020
Following their latest single ‘Solace’, the rising Melbourne emo/alt-rock quartet, Vermont have brought out the inner angst in me, perfectly mixing ferocity and vulnerability with their bold debut self-titled EP.
Vermont is an honest and brooding look into different experiences and the effects they can have on a person, exploring them of anxiety, identity, relationships and growing up. It was produced, engineered, and mixed by Christopher Vernon (Deadlights / Windwaker / Aburden).
The EP opens strong with ‘Ruin’, which was released in 2019. Opening with the sentiment, “my reflection is the enemy who stabs me with a stare”, Vermont explore the feeling of loss of identity, accompanied by powerful guitar riffs and powerful vocals from lead singer Joshua Swanwick. It evokes vulnerability and anger which sets the perfect scene for the rest of the EP.
‘Solace‘ looks into an anxiety-driven sleepless night, and the act of putting up walls or faking a smile throughout the day in order to avoid confronting the demons that cause those anxieties. Hearing raw lyrics such as “she’s the taste of blood on my cheeks” is when you can really hear the passion and heart break from the vocalist.
My personal favourite, ’Clarity’, reveals the more savage and explicit side of the EP. The distinct ringing guitar and deep bass represent the unforgiving attitude of the song and pretty much makes me want to throw down like I’m back at a 2000’s punk rock concert.
Mix gritty guitars, heavy drum fills and groovy as hell bass lines and you will have ‘Cope’, which brings back the vulnerable vibe that was at the beginning of the EP, but still manages to make it sound heavy as hell. They end the song perfectly by completely slowing it down which concludes the EP really well, bringing together the theme of anger and heartbreak.
Overall, these guys have broken emo/alt-rock boundaries and are guaranteed to blow punk rock/metal head’s minds. Vermont’s self-titled EP, Vermont releases on Friday 27 March.