What started out as a bit of a secret – like most viral marketing campaigns – revealed itself to be a rather interesting intersection of musicians from varying walks of sound. Made up of members from bands like I Am The Avalanche, Rx Bandits, No Motiv and The Velvet Teen, Peace’d Out sounds as mysterious as the tattered video clips and shroud of interest that hovered around prior to the band’s revealing. But in five tracks of off-kilter, musicianship-heavy post-hardcore, Peace’d Out’s debut leaves nothing on the table in this kind of short but incredibly sweet delve into heavier, intricate things.
It’s easy enough to hear the Steve Choi influence and past writings shine well enough on this EP, as the rippling guitars never quite settle for anything normal per se. “Castlemania” and “White Pyramid” do their share of destroying any cliched foundations for what you’d expect these guys to do – if that’s a fair statement to even consider. The former of those two tracks is a slightly funky affair that doesn’t hold back on the aggressive tendencies of this project, while the latter proves why it was surely the easiest choice for a single as it embodies almost everything this band wants to throw at us: weaving rhythms, abrasive melodies and crisp, yet adventurous drumming.
“Cha-Chang-Changmail” feels like a sonic continuation of “White Pyramid” at first, but sheds its hanging groove for a moment of stripped down tension before slapping us with a catchy, yet still sharp guitar riff. Meanwhile, “I Would Like. To Feed Your Fingertips. To The Wolverines.” finds Peace’d Out shuffling in a bit of their inner Every Time I Die in some southern-singed melodies and a mosh-ready tempo. It’s arguably the weak link of the bunch, but it still manages to musically impress even if it isn’t quite the knockout punch that “Baadering Raam” manages to be in its weirdly brash nature.
The musicianship of Peace’d Out is sure to be the main drawing point, whether it be the effects-laden licks or the ever-shifting songwriting that relies heavily on mathy grooves. While it might not be an immediately approachable EP, the short run time gives these five tracks plenty of opportunities to get hooked in the brain regardless of your familiarity with the members’ past works.