Band: Drastic Park
Date of release: 28/2/2020
Record Label: N/A
For Fans Of: Violent Soho,Sunk Lotto
"If you had told me back then would history be re-written? Thank God I figured it out to beat the loneliness Make sure the bough never breaks. Don’t let it rattle. The wind is boundless. Don’t wait for it to settle" - Little Things
Melbourne up and rising punk-rock outfit Drastic Park are about to take the scene by surprise. Feeding us with the most melodic of riffs and instilling modern day nostalgia within every repeat, their long awaited EP "Last World" prepares us the beauty of what punk-rock is forming into today.
Upon listening, I was serenaded by a wonderfully produced interluded intro – leading into the second track on the EP ‘Nostalgia’. Now, I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of every song on the record, its very straight forward – modern day punk-rock, which in my opinion is an amazing thing. What makes this single stand out to me, when you think directly of the genre of punk-rock – is how this single still manages to uphold its unique beauty in such a flooded music style. Its almost hard these days to create a pop-punk song that doesn’t sound like the rest of them, but Drastic Park has delivered just that. A beautiful group of singles that still managed to keep my attention alive.
The entire vibe of the EP is quite modern and I’m not complaining at all. The production value shows a band that have put a lot of love and effort, culminating into a crisp and mature body of work. One single on the EP that caught my attention especially has to be track 4, titled ‘Shelter’. Now, I come from the hardcore scene – usually this kind of music doesn’t generally entice me. Its safe to say I had this single on repeat while working through this. ‘Shelter’ is a display of more rusky, aggressive vocals with a hint of grunge (probably why I liked it so much) Its easy to listen too – and impossible to get out of your head. Its one of the shorter songs on the EP but is definitely a hard hitter.
The last track on "Last World" probably surprised me the most.Aptly titled ‘Murphy’s Law’ is an extremely well-constructed song. Being a songwriter myself I can understand how difficult it is trying to come up with the “next best thing” or “something catchy” but this took the cake (no, the whole damn bakery). I was overall impressed. “anything that can go wrong, is going to happen, but that doesn’t mean it should tear us apart” is a line that I feel everyone needs to remember. The single we didn’t know we needed.
The fact that Drastic Park, a punk-rock band, were able to sway me from my heavy hardcore tendencies and was able to uphold my attention is amazing, given I am so extremely stubborn with my music taste! This whole record honestly just makes me want to break out my old school vans and buy a skateboard or something! Its wonderfully crafted and I can definitely see this outfit doing more amazing things in the future for punk-rock. I’m excited to see where this EP takes the band.
Vocals: 8 /10
Drums: 10/10 (very good snare tone)
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 5/5 yes I would highly recommend
Personal Enjoyment: 9/10