I don’t know a lot about post-hardcore. It’s a genre that thoroughly confuses me , since I love some bands and can’t stand others. Every Stranger Looks Like You call themselves post-hardcore aswell, but this Belgian band seems to have influences all over the place, so in short : I’m still confused about post-hardcore.
But, lucky me, I don’t have to understand it to enjoy the music ESLLY play. Like previously mentioned, it has a lot of influences. Some hardcore, some sludge, some shoegazy elements (more in the vein of bands like Nothing then My Bloody Valentine), grunge. So, a lot of things. Now, I’m hearing you think, that must sound like an eclectic record that bounces everywhere. Well, that’s the good thing : It really doesn’t. It sounds like one cohesive album, where all their influences come together to form their own sound.
The main reason they pull this off so well is the individual versatility of each member. They all seem to play whatever they want effortlessly, resulting in an album with no weak spots. The singer can change between singing and screaming without dropping a note, the drums go from slow sludgy beats to punchy hardcore. A lot of these bands get exposed when they try to do something a little different, but ESLLY seem to thrive in it.
Thematically, this is a pretty dark album. There’s little light in the darkness that ESLLY spew forth, but it’s a cathartic experience, where your own darkness finds solace in theirs. That’s probably the reason I keep playing it aswell, listening to this album is like a cleanse, and the music is the cure. It’s some really powerful, exhilarating music.
My favourite song is Catharsis (Self-Help). It was the first song I heard of these guys and I’ve been a fan ever since. The build-up is great, I can’t get the synth in the chorus out of my mind and the added heaviness and speed at the end really caught me off guard.
Well then. Another great Belgian release. It’s getting pretty ridiculous tbh. These guys should have a big future ahead, since there’s a little bit for everyone here. I keep coming back to it over and over, discovering small little things I hadn’t noticed before. Recommended stuff!