The Calling – EP by Defiance Ohio
Record Label: No Idea Records
Track 1: “The Calling” — Rating: 4/10
Track 2: “I’m Against the Government” — Rating: 9/10
Track 3: “Call It a Comeback” — Rating: 6/10
Track 4: “Horizon Lines, Volume and Infinity” — Rating: 8/10
Track 5: “Bad Ideas” — Rating: 7/10
Track 6: “I’m Just Gonna Leave Now” — Rating: 7/10
Favorite Track: “I’m Against the Government”
Compared to previous Defiance Ohio records “The Calling – EP” doesn’t come across as well. The title track doesn’t give much boost for the record and perhaps tracks one and two should swap places. “I’m Against the Government” seems like a better track to start off the record with. It will get the listener excited for the rest of the record.
The best song on the record is “I’m Against the Government” where the band sounds more like a punk-rock band than a folk-punk band. In this one particular recording, one may even compare Defiance Ohio to The Strokes.
“Call It a Comeback” may take you back to 80’s or 90’s new wave. The album would probably flow better without this song. This song should have been saved for a single or an LP.
The emotion of “Horizon Lines, Volume and Infinity” comes through the most clearly. This song is the most real and raw on the record. The soft folkish singing sets a feel-good vibe.
“Bad Ideas” follows “Horizon Lines, Volume and Infinity” well but we wish it were longer.
“I’m Just Gonna Leave Now” finishes up the album well and makes the listener beg for more. The violin and drums were dead on in this song. The original Defiance Ohio can definitely be found in this song.
Overall the record is above average but doesn’t compare to the previous recordings of Defiance Ohio.
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