EP Review: Western Addiction – “I’m Not the Man That I Thought I’d Be”

Anyone who was worried that they would have to wait another seven or eight years to hear some new music from Western Addiction can rest easy. Just a little over a year after the release of the Pines EP the band is already back with a brand new 7-inch, I’m Not the Man That I Thought I’d Be. Containing three new songs, this 7-inch shows no indication that the band plans on slowing down anytime soon.

The title track, which features guest vocals from Serpent Crown’s Dara Santhai, is a pounding, balls-to-the-wall rock tune, with a heavy riff that wouldn’t sound out of place in a large arena. We’re talking AC/DC big sounding here. Fortunately, the lyrical content is more grounded and focuses on the harsh reality that your life won’t end up the same way that you might have hoped or imagined when you were younger.

The next two tracks tone down the big riffs in favor of a more hardcore approach: “Cold-Hearted Maceration” is fast, and bass driven, while “Clatter and Hiss” is even more stripped down and raw, and wouldn’t sound out of place on an early 80’s DC compilation. (“Clatter and Hiss” is labeled as a demo to be re-recorded for Western Addiction’s next LP, but it sounds so great here that hopefully it won’t change too much).

I’m Not the Man That I Thought I’d Be is only three songs and clocks in at under ten minutes. But as everyone knows, quality over quantity, and Western Addiction succeeds on that front. It goes hand-in-hand with Pines and should tide fans over until the band finally releases their long-awaited second full length album.

4 / 5 – Listen to it below.

RIYL: Black Flag, The Bronx, New Mexican Disaster Squad

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