EP Review: Awful Din – “The Price We Pay”

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Awful Din are a Brooklyn, NY based emo/pop-punk act, and their latest release, The Price We Pay, is the band’s third EP; following their last EP Super Powers from back in 2017. Released on January 25th, 2019, Awful Din have built a pleasing sound which lies in their fusion of emo and pop-punk.

With vocal twinges akin to those found in folk-punk, pop-punk riffs, and emo ambience, the band brings all these elements together in an addictive package. This EP, more than their previous two, really cement a sound for the band. Whilst the tracks aren’t all that layered and don’t experiment too far, they escape the cliche of their genres through their fusion and the rather unique vocals.

The Price We Pay begins on a more melancholic note with “Come Home,” but grows into an aggressive rebelling against that side of things. On the way Awful Din explore the idea of not feeling good enough, but acts as an outward voice attempting to pick someone back up that’s in that hole. The track “God of Tricks” starts on “Boy you’re gonna fight yourself into an early grave,” but ends on “There’s no love lost between us, only blood.” The song embodies the togetherness that the punk scene prides itself upon.

In fact the EP as a whole keeps that as a foundation, moving right into “Emerald Bay.” There’s leaning on each other, finding solace in that their pains aren’t suffered alone. But this track finds it’s way to the darkest point on the EP, “I listened to what she had to say, then I threw myself into Emerald Bay.” The crashing music and passion behind it moves and sways with the vocals, giving more weight to the words. Awful Din have great synergy as a band, and are finding themselves as a unit quite fully.

There’s anger and resilience to be found within the EP, as well as a vivid picture of melancholy. Woven through The Price We Pay is a story of leaving, of overcoming, and of love. It starts on a contemplative note, steeped in negative emotions, but ends triumphantly with a clean break in “Wish You Well.” As a full package The Price We Pay is a glorious little piece, and the parts that make it are each solid. It’s a promising path forward for Awful Din, and I hope we see even more growth on to a debut album.

You can listen to The Price We Pay below.

4/5 Stars



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