EP Review: Distancing - Misser
Misser - Distancing
Release Date: May 28th, 2013
Label: Rise Records
Reviewer: Michael Crawford
Side projects simply don’t produce albums like 2012’s Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going To Be a Better Person. Misser gave us one of the most entertaining, yet touching records of the year, garnering praise from fans and critics alike. The duality of the vocals between Tim Landers (Transit) and Brad Wiseman (TTNY) are some of the best in the genre, similar to bands like Taking Back Sunday and Mayday Parade. If you like your pop punk catchy just not necessarily poppy (with a healthy chunk of cynicism), then Distancing is the EP for you.
If you’ve been paying attention, Goddamn, Salad Days is one you’ve already heard. Comparable to older Transit, the aggressive yells, muddy guitars and minimal production blend well to form a trademark sound. If you’ve ever felt out of your “goddamn mind”, this song should click immediately. Infrared is only a couple minutes long, but arguably just as good as the opener. About life on the road and adjusting to it, dismal lyrics like I keep waking up alone, bottle next to my bed arouse feelings of heartache and loneliness. Sonically more like their previous album, one has to appreciate the effort that’s been made to improve on an already able sound.
Burn Out is straightforward lyrically, but the way Landers and Wiseman layer their vocals give the track sturdier legs to stand on. They also allow the song to breathe by dropping instruments in and out at the right times. Alone, Die contains the same age-old reference to California, particularly the blunt (but sharply-spat) I’m gonna move to the west coast and you’re gonna die alone. It’s the shortest here, but perhaps the most spiteful. Slow It Down // Write It Out is a superb closer that caps off an energetic EP. The weighty guitar work under the sedative chorus wraps up everything we’ve heard so far from Misser in a great way. To sum it up in the band’s own words: Sometimes you get wrapped up in things, and you’ve got to catch yourself and make sure you’re still going down the path you believe in.
Misser is a band on the rise, and literally so being signed to Rise Records. After already achieving tons of success through touring and social media sites, Distancing should satiate most fans until their next full length (whenever that may be). The tracks offered here are short and sweet, and to an extent more of the same from their critically-acclaimed LP. But the beauty of it all is that they’re still a relatively young band, and indeed already showing hints of where they might take their music next. And given just how good this EP is, it’s difficult to say if Misser ever truly was a side project at all. Distancing is already available as of May 28th.
Reviewer Score: A-