I was skeptical and anxious when I heard that Aye Aye Captain were similar to The Devil Wears Prada’s early works, with half of me thinking that it was going to be terrible and half of me wondering if it was even possible.
At this point, you (if you are a frequenter of this genre of music) are probably sitting in your chair thinking how easy it is to duplicate the metalcore sound. There are handfuls of bands with a sound so similar, it is nearly impossible to tell one from the next. I agree with this presumed thought, but TDWP have qualities that are distinctly theirs, and I never thought I would see the day that they were almost duplicated.
This replica, the Land Ho! EP, starts with a song that has a completely disconnected yet giggle-worthy title (first sign of bands like TDWP), “Ladies and Djents.” If you’ll recall a certain song done by a certain band entitled “Spongebob Grindpants,” this intro track is comparable.
While Aye Aye Captain and TDWP seem similar on paper, they are actually very different. For instance, the clean vocals are more similar to a band like Sleeping with Sirens, or old ! on a good day, and the screaming could use a little work with different tones (although, Mike Hranica of TDWP stuck with the same pitch for albums). The lead guitar work is also very sub-par. A lot of the tones are either too much or do not seem to match up with the rest of the song, and the riffs seem very rough and unpracticed.
For a band just starting out in this genre however, they are showing signs of potential; it will either get worse or better from here. They have the right idea, and solid attempts with an overall good sound – it just needs to be slightly more polished.