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EP Review: Never Expected by Dead Fall

Dead Fall return with their sophomore EP Never Expected on 25th January. Think Title Fight and Citizen and you’ll be in the right ball park. Its all shimmering punk energy over emo and shoegaze structures.

With that in mind the subject matter of the EP comes as no surprise, a somber picture of the impact major life changes can have on one’s mental health.

“‘Never Expected’ captures the turmoil of a young adult growing older and realizing how rapidly life changes,” says drummer/lyricist Nick Barker. “Feeling things you never knew you could feel is confusing and terrifying. Experiencing major life changes that are out of your control for the first time can have a massive impact on one’s outlook on life, as well as one’s mental health. The things you never expect to happen can and will. This EP is about experiencing that, coming to understand it, accepting it, and moving forward.”

It’s a good EP without being anything more. Both ‘Drowned Out’ and the title track ‘Never Expected’ are the standout tracks, with the other 3 being decent. The fact that Dead Fall borrow heavily from the Title Fight template holds them back, there’s the basis of a really good band there and you’d rather they come into their own.

In fairness, it is a bit more pop punk than Title Fight. Unfortunately, it’s the pop punk moments that are the weakest. See final track ‘Temporary Bliss’

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