I am familiar with Trudgen’s solo work and went into the EP with certain expectations. For some reason I thought this effort might be more folk based. I was wrong. Walk Into The Fire plays into a straightforward, commercially accessible rock/alternative vibe.
The EP begins with the title track. I was drawn to the initial guitar work which has almost a dark, country vibe. The verse hits and the song becomes a predictable yet enjoyable rock song that seems FM radio ready until about the three-minute mark. I liked the post-rock style breakdown but felt like the indignant sort of screaming which comes shortly after didn’t work as well.
“The Calm” sounds like a straight up single. It’s catchy, fast and could appeal to a broad demographic. My personal favorite track was “Rock Show” but perhaps just as single worthy as “The Calm.” I have to say the style on “Rock Show” which is light, happy and hopeful sounding felt like a significant departure from the title track which felt heavy, intense and even angry in comparison. The EP felt like it got even more happy go lucky and accessible with “Car Crash Critical.”
They get closer to where they started with the heavy and more emotionally intense “We All Need Wings” which was a highlight.
I have to admit I felt like this EP showcased two distinct sides to this band and was struggling to find a foundation. They display that they can pull off the lighter side and heavier side but give up the cohesive aspects I tend to appreciate on a release which creates a signature sound. The two different approaches led me to believe the band is testing the waters a bit before releasing an LP. Perhaps I’m wrong but that was feeling I got.
There is just no denying this is a more ubiquitous type of EP that will appeal to a general audience. I can’t say I heard many things in the music that would lead me to believe an esoteric audience with a more refined appreciation for the fringe would feel the same way.
This is a solid EP. There is no denying the performances and songwriting which is apparent on all the songs. I’m excited to to hear where they go from here.
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