When you call something “promising,” you are basically giving something a giant question mark. If a movie trailer looks promising, it could turn out to be garbage when becomes a full fledged motion picture. If a video game looks promising, it could turn out to be almost unplayable. Television is not excluded here either; they can show promising clips of comedy or drama but have the entire rest of the show be incredibly boring.
In my opinion, music does not fall under any of these follies. When you listen to an album or an EP, and it sounds promising on first listen, then whatever the end product will be can and probably will turn out to be good. That’s what I get when listening to England’s In Remission. The amount of promise thatis on the English quintet’s EP, The Great and Shallow, possesses makes In Remission an enticing and enjoyable act to follow.
The six song EP is a fistful of harmonious choruses, anthematic lyrics, and instrumentation that branches out to each style of current rock music. The first three songs, “Fractions,” “Broken Notes,” and “Discipline” all have incredibly climactic feels, resembling something that bands like Circa Survive and early Senses Fail incorporated in their own music. “Floodlights” is the heaviest song on the EP – starting with an incredibly blistering intro and continuing throughout the four minutes. “Ambitions” and “Solstice” are the softest songs on here (soft being a relative term), showing a different side of In Remission that can make them more accessible to casual rock fans.
In a small interview with lead singer Daniel Lillie, he called In Remission’s sound as a “melting pot.” That’s no joke. You can sit and listen to this EP (much like I did) and pick a part their sound and find yourself baffled at what comes out of it. The drums have a modern rock feel, that is able to transfer seamlessly into some post-hardcore fills. The guitars combines a lot of European and American rock music together. And Lillie’s vocals are clear, consistent, and enjoyable – bringing out moments out of each song that resonates well after you’re done listening.
Of course, I have some nit-picky things to add. “Solstice” is the EP’s only true ballad on the EP, as well as the last song in general. And maybe with a full length, they’d put a couple more of that volume and tempo on it, but it’s always nice in anything to hear a little bit more diversity. And some people might think that the first five sound rather close to each other in the terms of instrumentation, but if you look into lyrics and meanings of those songs, you can tell that they aren’t anywhere near the previous material.
If this is what I’m gonna get out of In Remission in the future, then I’m all for it. The Great And Shallow is a great introductory EP for the band, and should gain them a new level of fans. With the state of rock how it is (overbloated and unoriginal), it’s nice to hear a new face come in with an unique sound and set a very high bar for themselves. If anything though, I can see them jump that bar without any problems.
Final Grade: A-
Go Download: The entire EP, “Discipline”