Permanence steps onto the scene with their debut “Northeast.” This grungy quartet emerging out of Scranton, Pennsylvania, comes together to compose a five-track EP. An entirely new band, with members that are currently in other collectives, or were once part of another musical ensemble, manage to sound like they have been playing together for years.
The EP opens with “Drive” a very short intro track with a very opener feel to it. As the song progresses, the song builds and speeds up to match the grungy style of Permanence. Although it is so short, this was one of the stronger songs on the EP, and it left me wishing there was more to listen to. “Demogorgon” follows, and comes in with feedback sounds and distorted guitar riffs. Very dark but emotional, this is my favorite song on the EP. Strong lyrical substance mixed with some intense screaming to complement the soothing vocals of the lead singer made this song strong and emotional.
“Celadon” is a little more lighthearted and poppy without actually being “pop.” The lyrics are relatable, since everybody nowadays believes they are losing their minds. “Chemical” is pure punk with the intensity fluctuating throughout the song. From singing to screaming to singing again, this one was a rollercoaster. Not only do the vocals fluctuate but the guitar riffs and drums intensify and escalate to match the singing.
The lyrics get progressively more visual, intense and violent. The final track, which has the same name as the EP, “Northeast,” was a nice punctuation. Feeling like the end is near, this song manages to feel very end like, making it the perfect final track. Catchy melodies, smooth vocals and questions about what has been asked throughout the EP coming to light in the lyrics leaves the listener satisfied but wanting another listen.
Overall, for a debut album this was done extremely well. Although the sound is nothing groundbreaking or completely unheard of, the style of music was done well, and with their own Scranton twist. I expect to see more from Permanence in the future, it will be enjoyable to see the growth from their first EP to their sophomore project.
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