I had the pleasure to interview Old Poet and Pickwick Commons a week ago. During that interview I received an early copy of their recently completed split, "Short lived" and I am here to tell you about it.
The first side of the split opens with an in your face, loud, and fast guitar riff. It's a warning that this ep means business. The first track tackles the issue in our society of police brutality but keeps it professional, unlike other band's takes. This side may have less tracks but has a longer runtime than side B. The tracks are reminiscent of an old Beartooth release, but they still keep it unique. Each song is full of fat riffs that seamlessly blend together. Fast paced drums and in your face vocals with the riffs mend, make the perfect pissed off album. Old Poet has mastered the hardcore breakdown and that is apparent on the last track.
On side B, the opening track jumps straight to the point and lets you know this ep is definitely a banger and Pickwick Commons doesn't mess around. Each track on this album has a story to be told. They managed to capture so much in each song in such a short amount of time. The instrumental aspect of the album is phenomenal; the drums sound so simple it became complex because each hit feels packed with emotion. This record is definitely Midwest Hardcore at its finest, making sure to be unique and not the generic song formula. The first time I heard this album I was close to speechless with a goofy grin and it hasn't changed! I would not pass this up if you are a fan of Knocked Loose or Code Orange Kids (pre name change).
Both Old Poet and Pickwick Commons have both managed to grow from their last release. If there will be any hardcore bands from the Indiana local scene rising to the top, these two are going to be fighting for that chance. This ep comes out December 30th so keep your eyes peeled and make sure to pick it up.
In the mean time, stay up to date on their Facebook pages!
Written by John Bennet