The name My Iron Lung probably reminds some of us of an obscure Radiohead EP that was released in 1994. Radiohead fans will be disappointed, this band is quite different. These guys, hailing from San Diego, recently released their five-track debut EP titled Grief on Pure Noise Records.
And what a debut. The EP starts off with a calm ambient-like intro, that quickly transforms into a very enjoyable melodic hardcore sound with fast pumping drums. The drums, the guitar work and the emotional vocals remind me of bands like Touché Amoré and Pianos Become The Teeth. Maybe even Troubled Coast and Defeater. Nice. Halfway through the song, we slow down a bit and shift towards a more post-rockish sound with shouts that quickly bring us to the rapids of the last and much faster part of the track. These guys certainly know what they are doing.
The transition between ‘Clementine’ and ‘Family Traits’ is rather amazing. At first I didn’t even realize that the next song had started. These clean and smooth transitions that are noticable throughout the whole record, not only between songs but also between styles, are in my opinion what really seperates the men from the boys.
Track 4, ‘Late Bloomers, Early Caskets’ didn’t really stand out for me at first glance. But, after giving it a couple of more spins, I really learned to appreciate it. ‘heavy’ Is what mostly turns the clock here. The screams gave me a somewhat nostalgic feel and brought me back to my younger years when I used to listen to post-hardcore a lot.
The final track of this EP, that goes by the rather long name of ‘Here’s To The Collaborative Efforts Made By All Things Under The Sun’ is a showcase for MIL’s love for long and vivacious instumental parts.
Although Grief, like most hardcore-ish releases, is rather noisy, it accomplishes to carry me to a land far, far, away. Most tracks are somehow really relaxing. It is an overall very well performed and produced record. Do yourself a favor and check these dudes out. We will probably hear a lot from them in the future. Radiohead, be warned. Grief is available through Pure Noise Records.
Track List – Grief:
1. Broken Homes
3. Family Traits
4. Late Bloomers, Early Caskets
5. Here’s To The Collaborative Efforts Made By All Things Under The Sun