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Album Review: We Fucking Quit by Helen Earth Band

Helen Earth Band released their second album We Fucking Quit on the 21st October. It’s a storming run through of modern day emo, blending driving guitars, frantic drumming and a delectably emotive vocal. Although it rarely moves from the standard emo sound, it is executed with aplomb – cumulating in an excellent record.

We Fucking Quit exhibits a band determined to proceed as a trio after losing two members—a decision alluded to in the album’s artwork and intense title. This refocused Helen Earth Band sounds as crisp and complex as any previous incarnation. Song like ‘Castaway’ and ‘The Temperature Rising’ are of the highest calibre, with the latter building up to a brilliant chorus that draws you in and ingrains itself firmly.  ‘Remind Me Why’ has some excellent riffs that which require fists in the air and a swagger of the hips.

The math rock guitar work on ‘Coping Mechanisms’ is a real delight, intricate and precise – it sounds wonderful paired with the sumptuous bass groove. It’s at moments like this when the band throw out the emo textbook that you realise that this isn’t just your normal run of the mill band. Team this up with the Minus The Bear-esque groove of ‘Pieces’ you’ll find yourself falling in love with Helen Earth Band.

We Fucking Quit is a grower. On first listen it may not stand out, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s not for you. Try again and you’ll find yourself picking up on little nuances that make you pay attention and re-evaluate your initial opinion. A prime example would be ‘Titan’. On first listen it sounds a little chaotic, second listen will bring you closer to the drilling baseline and droning guitar while a third listen you’ll appreciate the vocal work as the excellent piece of work it is.

It’s not ground breaking, but it is bloody excellent. Angsty vocals, big hooks, smatterings of math rock and some excellent drumming – what more could you ask for. Persevere, give it a couple of listens and you won’t regret it.

AD Rating 7/10

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