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Punk rockers Mourning haven't decided what they want to be yet

March 10, 2010

mourningMourning is a punk band that hasn’t decided whether it’s going to lean toward its pop-punk or hardcore punk side. They showcase both on thief four-song, under-ten-minutes self-titled EP/cassette. (side note: they get mega props for releasing this on cassette tape)

The instrumental work here is solid. The hard-charging guitar work and snare-heavy drumming is nothing that hasn’t been done before, but it’s pulled off with attitude and grit. They do a decent build-up section in “Running From Our Selves,” but they follow it up with a blistering section that proves they’re much better at just cranking out the jams. The harder they play, the better.

The problem is the vocals. When the vocalist sings, his high, young vocals don’t fit the sound at all. The gritty, Latterman-esque punk needs a lot grittier approach to the vocals to make the sound work. He spends much of his time yelling on “Running From Our Selves,” and as a result that track takes the prize for best track. The more sung vocals there are on a track, the less cohesive that track is.

Mourning shows that they have some good ideas on their four-song EP, but they’ve got a long way to go before they’re turning those good ideas into great songs.

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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