An original music group out of Lancaster, Ohio and the Hocking Hills, Fedd Up recently produced a four-song EP Dark Days in a four hour studio recording session, displaying their ability to quickly generate quality music. Dark Days is a solid introduction to the band and their style, as it portrays classic rock techniques as well as modern twists that Fedd Up infuses into the music.
The EP begins with a relentlessly rumbling low-register guitar and bass riffs. Even though the first song “Wild Flower” begins in a major key, the ample use of minor thirds and minor sevenths throughout the song give the song an edgy aura. At several points in the track, the instrumentation cuts out leaving a subtle buildup and a vocal solo to launch the song back into energetic rock n’ roll.
“Wrecking Machine” features blues themes blended with upbeat riffs and percussion. This song is brighter in feeling than “Wild Flower,” and extended instrumental sections and unfettered vocals shifting seamlessly from gravelly to falsetto carry the energy of the song to heights not before reached in the EP. The song ends in a slow fade as the volume and energy gradually decline.
Dissonant frequencies, propagated by a screaming distorted electric guitar, commence “Into the Fire” as it drives full force through a series of verses, choruses and a lightning-paced guitar solo, proceeding nonstop until the end of the vivacious track.
“Ewok” begins with a slightly reserved style, absent from power chords and pounding drums, which is somewhat atypical for Fedd Up. Understandably, “Ewok” regenerates the band’s usual style during the choruses of the song but the variety in this song brings much-needed contrast to the band’s sound. Overall, Dark Days is an enjoyable set of four songs that reflect Fedd Up’s propensity for writing and performing catchy and intriguing songs.
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