Our friends in The Rebellion Lost are finally back at it again with their “Out of Focus” EP! The EP officially released on October 4, and I have to say, not only have these guys shown an enormous amount of growth since their first EP “Punch Drunk” but this new EP is really just a great listen on all fronts.
“Last Call Kansas City” was a strong choice for the opener because out of all these tracks, I think it sounds the closest to the “Punch Drunk” and succeeds in preserving a little more of that familiarity. Despite that, it is an almost textbook example of garage-pop punk, which even though TRL has so clearly grown lots, I suspect that will always stay the same about TRL.
“All The Way To The Grave” digs a more blues oriented, walking rhythm, and to me, is the strongest track on the EP. Not only is it the track that sets itself apart the most, but it seems to me that this track utilizes all the roles in the band very well, and shows that a lot of time and heart went into the development. I’m also just a sucker for a blues-y and minor key melody. Sue me.
“Old Wounds” once again returns a sound that is a little more in line with “Punch Drunk,” but I think what seems different here to me in a simple fact of better lyrical quality. This EP not only here, but also overall, hits a kind of lyrical quality that is just a step up from “Punch Drunk.” Combined with a more fine tuned approach instrumentally, it just creates a better aural quality for the listener.
“Out of Focus” (previously reviewed here) although not a surprise to me, did have a surprise attached to the end. A whopping, extra, acoustic track, attached to the end of the track kind of surprise. Despite the fact that without listening through the entire file it would be impossible to know this is a two for one situation, it was a very pleasant surprise. Despite the fact that I have no formal complaints about this EP, I will complain that I wish that this two for one was just separated into two. I genuinely think that this acoustic track is strong enough to stand on its own and would do well to have a title– maybe I only partially want that so I don’t have to say “the extra track at the end of Out of Focus” but that’s besides the point.
Overall, I am happy to note that the “Out of Focus” EP shows tremendous growth and showcases 4 (sort of 5) excellently put together tracks. Well done TRL!