Spanning the borders of some of this countries’ first states, Dullest Records got together some of the east coast’s best post-punks for State Line Machine, a 4-way split featuring songs from Philly’s Easy Creatures (featuring members of One Up and Walleye) Son & Heir (ex-Boysetsfire) and Hold Down The Ocean and Delaware’s Worth.
Philadelphia’s Easy Creatures is the meeting of the minds among five punk scene veterans who have done time in bands like Walleye, Railhed, One Up and Kill Verona. In the 90s, they released records on revered scene label Jade Tree Records. A decade and a half later, they teamed up for a new project that releases the new Lo Fidelity EP on Charlotte, NC’s Self Aware Records this Friday.
In some ways, it’s a more mature approach to a sound that’s still amped-up and aggressive. Like Hüsker Dü, the music is loud, it’s fast, it hits hard, but there’s a undercurrent of melody and pop songcraft. Says vocalist Greg Polard: “I sorta want to say ‘adult themes’ to a degree and not in the pornographic way, but especially ‘Sick Day’ and ‘Fontanelle’ lyrically are songs I don’t necessarily think I would’ve written when I was a teen / in my early 20s.” Continue reading →