Debt Offensive (2017)
Debt Offensive sent me this split 7" of two bands I wasn't previously familiar with. As I've said many times in the past, the split 7" is one of my absolute favorite ways to listen to music. You get to hear from two bands that may or may not be similar, but have some sort of kinship. Otherwise, why would they be on the split? In this instance we have two bands that lean towards the melodic end of the punk rock spectrum.
The two Burning Spring songs are really impressive. They have gruff, chunky guitar riffs that rattle around their songs, mixing in with the rhythm section and the slightly raspy, melodic vocals. They've got a knack for dynamic starts and stops within the songs, particularly "Seven Years Bad Taste." It's a really incredible song, catchy in all of the right places, but still with a rough around the edges feel that I find incredibly endearing. I don't think these guys have anything else out, but these two songs make me eager to hear more.
Cuddlefish is a little bit tighter and a little bit slicker than Burning Spring, but they don't connect with me quite the same way. Cuddlefish is leaning in a direction that reminds me of The Flatliners, particularly with the really scratchy, borderline screaming vocals. It's not to say these songs aren't good, they are still pretty catchy and have really hooky choruses. Their three songs aren't quite as captivating as the Burning Spring songs, but they are enjoyable with heaps of energy to spare.
Burning Spring / Cuddlefish - Split 7":