Accidents are a five piece punk band from Washington DC featuring John Felter on vocals, Matt Hanson and Nicole Morris on guitars, Dan Boyd on bass and Jill Miller on drums. The band have recently released their brand new self titled EP. Featuring four tracks of silly party punk music, I was keen to check it out.
The opening track on the EP is titled Do A Barrel Roll and starts out with some fast and hard guitars that I was quite ready for. Soon they drop out and Felter's vocals come in. Immediately I feel captivated by his voice. It is fast paced, full of urgency and has just a hint of theatricality about it. Basically I love these vocals. There is no let up in the song, it's so frantic that I feel breathless just listening to it - I might also be slightly unfit. Great start. Next up is the song Bloodline. Bloodline isn't as frantic as the opening track but is just as fun. Felter's distinctive vocals do a wonderful job of carrying the melody of the song over the top of some great layered guitars. Midway through Bloodline there is a lovely little bass solo and this seems to signal a shift in the song's structure, with the song mellowing out a bit. It builds slowly to the finish which features plenty of gang vocals and some delicious harmonies. The third song is named The One With All The Friends. The track is about looking back fondly on your youth and not regretting anything you've done along the way. The lyric that particularly stands out is "If We're Going Straight To Hell, At Least We Made It Our Own Way." The pace is upped again on the track, I think this is where Accidents are at their best. Felter's vocal really steals the show. It's so hard to ignore and helps take you on a ride through the song. The final song on the EP is named 3 Dates With A Lesbian. When I first listened to the intro of the song I was instantly reminded of The Kids Aren't Alright by The Offspring. That's one of my favourite guitar intros ever so it was very pleasant to my ears. The energy of the song is high immediately, getting heads nodding and toes tapping. Felter's vocals are brilliantly erratic on the song, this adds even more layers of energy to the track. It feels like Accidents are fully intent on giving everything they have left on this final song and have clearly left nothing in the locker room. It's like someone lit the fuse on a dynamite stick and Accidents are trying to finish before the oncoming kaboom. A great way to finish the EP.
Accidents' self titled EP was hugely enjoyable from start to finish. It's short and sweet but does everything that a self described party punk band should. It puts smiles on faces and thoroughly entertains the listener. You'll be dancing come the end of this EP.
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This review was written by Colin Clark.