Pierce the Veil, All Time Low, Bring Me the Horizon, and Asking Alexandria are a few of the big name scene bands that come to mind when the metalcore or post-hardcore genres are brought up. Next in line seems to be New Jersey’s own Youth In Revolt. Their debut EP Love Is a Liar’s Game bleeds pure breakdowns that lift into melodic refrains. This classic transitional style is formed to their sound, resembling the suave melodies and vocals of Sleeping With Sirens while mixing things up with a brutal instrumental twist.
From the beginning of the opening track “There For You”, it is easy to tell that Youth In Revolt’s main focus is on their vocals. Sure, they throw in heavy breakdowns and consist of powerful riffs throughout the track, but they lack any type of clear distinction on the EP. Luckily, these instrumentals don’t dictate the song’s direction. The strong clean vocals highlight the song and the growling screams add necessary intensity to the instrumentals, redeeming them from generality.
A more exciting track on this EP is the title track “Love Is a Liar’s Game”. Once again, Youth In Revolt have remarkable similarity to Sleeping With Sirens’ style. Lead singer True Arahill hits all the familiar “woahs” and high notes of Kellin Quinn, but then is contradicted by the overwhelming fry screams and heavy instrumentally-driven verses. They follow up the bridge with pulsing tempos and chugging riffs that can give you goosebumps. This contrast keeps Youth In Revolt in a more individual playing field and shows off the hard rock potential that they have.
By the time listeners reach “Never Stay”, they get the gist of Love Is a Liar’s Game. Killer breakdowns and captivating clean vocals pinball all over this EP, but this track seems to capture these elements extremely well. This song is really fun to listen to; Arahill conveys the unique melody in the refrain flawlessly while the common, yet raging instrumentals sound better than ever. Unforgettable hooks flood this track, certainly proving of Youth In Revolt’s worth in this industry.
However, this shining moment for the band is almost shaded by repetitiveness in the EP. As the EP continues to “When It’s Over”, it’s easy for listeners to lose interest in the similarities of each track. What makes “Never Stay” so memorable is its catchy and unique refrain, while the other groovy melodies of Love Is a Liar’s Game hold a familiar effect and replicate already popular styles. They even close with “For the First Time”, an acoustic love ballad that every band has up their sleeves. It’s a mellow and heartwarming track, but very predictable. They can clearly pull off these ideas well, but they aren’t very unique.
Nevertheless, this is a fantastic start for Youth In Revolt. The overall production of this EP is thoroughly enjoyable, from the dramatic vocals all the way down to the colossal breakdowns. Love Is a Liar’s Game shows an unbelievable amount of potential for this band to grow, but they need to find their niche. Once they take their talents to the next level and capitalize on their hidden originality, they will soar in the music scene.