Review on Five Minute Ride's "The World Needs Convincing of All That It's Missing"
Five Minute Ride’s The World Needs Convincing of All That It’s Missing is an explosive follow up to their previous EP Bathroom Walls…..Lipstick Secrets, with immensely improved instrumentals and vocals compared to said previous EP. Close friend and previous guitarist for the band, Alex Poole, died shortly after the release of their first EP and has been replaced by their bassist Josh Daley along with DJ Rogers joining the band to cover for bass guitar, with Matt Alvarado reprising his role as drummer, Jason Ellis reprising his role as guitarist, and Kurt Travis also reprising his role as vocalist.
The EP starts with Spread The Word, which is a short and beautiful introduction to the EP. I personally love the hauntingly beautiful non-verbal singing near the end of the track, the guitar work is not over complicated and the bass and drums are both easy to pick out in the mix. Overall, the track is an excellent lead in to the second track on the EP.
As soon as Spread The Word fades out The Rapture Was Yesterday begins with a quick drum riff that leads into the vocals and guitars. This particular song had wonderful guitar play, with the guitars letting out a constant barrage during the chorus, some twiddling during the verses, and some start and stop parts for the bridge. The parts that I personally like the most about this song is the chorus and the back and forth vocals on the second verse which were wonderfully executed.
The third track, The Summer of the Southern Belles, starts off without any instrumentation whatsoever and instead starts with a short repeated line with harsh vocals, after which the song quickly picks up with the guitars and drums. The instrumental aspects of this song are as solid as the previous track, but I personally love the vocal dynamic that their vocalist follows before two of the verses where they whisper a line in a stuttered fashion and scream the final word before the verse begins. The song ends with a surf rock style guitar sliding section that fades out slowly, which I think really adds to the next track’s intro.
Sinking Conscience begins with a guitar part similar to a droning siren that brings an uneasy feeling to the listener before the listener is bombarded with harsh vocals. The instrumental aspect of this song gives off a heavy atmosphere of uneasiness and anxiety which is only amplified by the clean vocals almost desperate tone during the song. The song’s outro however breaks the songs atmosphere and gives a sense of relief after making it through the song, giving it a very sincere and heartfelt ending. This song is one of the best on the EP in my opinion.
I Knew A Girl Named Love York is one of the more interesting tracks on the album. The intro starts with the drums and the one of the guitars, with the guitar giving off an almost icy feeling, as if the songs topic was taking place in a very cold area. Soon after the bass is added in and the more texture is added to the song. Soon after the second guitar and bass guitar are added into the mix giving the song a more dynamic sound. The song continues the same theme of the guitar in the intro and radiates an oppressive icy feeling. The song gives off a warmer and more hopeful dynamic during the bridge but then quickly goes back to the previous theme. The instrumental aspect of this song may not be incredible, but they’re solid. The vocals were well done and blend well with the sound conveyed.
Oh, These Woeful Days is the heaviest track on the album, and has very little actual singing compared to the other tracks, with a lot of the track having screaming and spoken word sections with the occasional sung part. The instrumentation is wonderfully done on this track being fast paced for most of the song except for a slower and calmer part of the song that was much more atmospheric. I personally love the final verse of the song’s harsh vocal spoken word dynamic.
Comparing Objects In A Group starts off in a fashion that is a little weird sounding in my opinion but quickly changes in the verses and the choruses. The harsh vocals on the bridge of this song are arguably the best on the album, save for maybe the end of Oh, These Woeful Days, and are a treat to listen to. The instrumentation in this song is strange but pleasant, leaving you coming back to listen to it more later with the vocals amplifying this inclination.
My Thoughts on the Extended Play as A Whole
The EP is without a doubt a great listen through and through. The guitar work, while not as fast or technical as some modern post-hardcore/scenecore bands, is wonderful to listen to. The guitars have a good tone and the bass sounds great as well. The drummer is on point with his work and keeps up a solid job throughout the entirety of the EP. The vocalist’s singing and screaming are wonderful, though the enunciation of most of their lyrics are hard to understand and almost unintelligible without lyrics in a lot of cases. Despite its shortcomings, I’d have to say that this has to be one of my favorite EP’s to date and I’d recommend to give it a listen if you are a fan of post-hardcore/scenecore.
Five Minute Ride’s Sound Compared to Other Bands at the Time
Five Minute Ride’s sound at the time was eerily similar to what band’s in the late 2000’s started sounding like and given time they would have become a juggernaut in the scene. Other acts that performed at the time like Blood Brothers stuck with traditional post-hardcore and Scary Kids Scaring Kids’ sound was heavily influenced by the Fall of Troy and wasn’t at the stage that Five Minute Ride was at. I believe that if Five Minute Ride stayed together they would probably have developed their sound in a similar manner to Dance Gavin Dance, due to two of their members also being in Dance Gavin Dance at one point after the band broke up, and because of their sound being further ahead of what Dance Gavin Dance had developed at the time. The studio production on this album is way ahead of the curb compared to other bands at the time as well, having crisp vocals and clear and loud instrumentals. All in all, their sound was groundbreaking.