About The Mess is a punk band from Chicago, Illinois that is fronted by Joe Mizzi (formerly of Common Rider). “Anthem Of Imperfection” is their debut EP, which was released on July 6th via Whoa! Records.
I would say this EP borders on being punk and pop-punk, due to the bouncy feel of the instruments on certain songs. A prime example of this is the first track, “Janie,” which is a raw sounding, bass heavy, pop-punk song about losing your girlfriend and becoming a total mess. Highlights of the song are Mizzi’s gruff vocals, which carry on throughout the rest of the EP, countless melodic guitar solos, and an infectiously catchy chorus. This song starts off the EP strong and prepares you for the next 4 tracks that follow.
The second song, “Story To Tell,” is about how everyone has a story to tell. To me, it feels more like a rock-n-roll song than anything, but it’s still a nice change of pace from it’s predecessor’s pop-punk feel. You’ll notice the band tweeking their sound and incorporating elements from different genres and playing styles in later tracks on the EP.
Up next is a little diddy, called “Shitty Beers & Pissing On Bedroom Floors,” that was thrown in to show you that the guys in About The Mess aren’t all business, and they know when to break out their party pants, if necessary. It’s a funny and catchy tune about drinking cheap beer and pissing on bedroom floors, hence the title. Any fans of Cobra Skulls will like it, due to the rockabilly feel of the instrumental work and vocals.
The fourth track on “Anthem Of Imperfection” is the title track of the EP, and this is when the band starts wrapping things up. This song really ties in the theme of the EP, being complacent with imperfection, and it’s more of a stripped-down punk song than the 3 previous songs. Highlights of this track are the chorus, which is short but sweet, and the fact that the band threw in some “Whoa”s (appropriate considering the name of their label).
To cap off the EP, and let you know your ride through the world of About The Mess is over, the band threw in a really short song, entitled “The Letter.” It’s about getting a letter from you’re girlfriend, who you’ve been away from for a long time, and having no way to get back to her. This track is my least favorite on the release, due to its short length.
In the end, I give this EP a 4-star rating, and I would highly recommend any fans of Cobra Skulls, or The Loved Ones give “Anthem Of Imperfection” a listen. If you dig it, you can pick up a copy from the Whoa! Records bandcamp.