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New to the catalogue of Resist Records are Sydney’s inner west locals, Recovery Room.
From forming in 2016 as a duo between frontman Dylan Mallia and guitarist Christian Saunders, they have since founded a full line-up including Dave Parker on bass guitar and Isaac Ross on drums. With their first release as a complete band welcomes their first album, Wallflower, to be released on 7th September 2018.
Introducing their album with The Switch, we’re given an overview of what’s to come; distorted guitars, melodic rhythms and semi-harrowing vocals that blend a variety of genres onto the record. While Yippe Kayak Other Buckets! may give off a humouring impression, the opening twang of guitars speed up and into the rhythm as Ross’s double-kicking drumbeats roll through Mallia’s raw vocals, which become caressed between the slamming of guitar strings.
Through their showcase of a vibrant collection of angsty tracks within their debut release, Recovery Room has produced a triumphant release that is progressive in the melodic hardcore genres
The self-titled track Wallflower opens with the essence of the album; crunching instrumentation and wailing vocalisations that weave together Mallia’s passionate yelling and drawled singing, through amplification of well-changed timing and musicianship. Bringing it down a notch with Safety in Separation, the songs structural elements roll through the intensity of their blended emo-indie style, with smooth guitar licks, a punching rhythm section and intermittent vocals.
Colour Me Blue enhances heavier melodies and distortion which again crosses over their use of varying genres with a variety of aesthetics and talent. Through the choruses that alleviate the intensity of the verses, their musicianship is strong as the song closes with subtle feedback.
Ending with a melodic track, A Border Collie Named Melon showcases their strengths as a band who are able to compliment one another’s talents into a compact four-minute closing that radiates their style into another assortment of instrumentation, timing and vocals.
Through their showcase of a vibrant collection of angsty tracks within their debut release, Recovery Room has produced a triumphant release that is progressive in the melodic hardcore genres, yet still reminiscent of the early 2000s.