Song: Seven Past Eleven
Release: Balance of Opposites EP
Date of release: 14/07/2017
Genre: Post-pop punk
Reviewer: Brock Ford
Record Label: Unsigned
For Fans Of: Columbus, Violent Soho, Rise against, The Comfort, Our Past Days
Punchy drums and a catchy chorus form the base of the debut single from Melbourne 4 piece Everchanging. 'Seven Past Eleven' displays the potential of a relatively young band, combining melodic screams with a self-awareness rarely found in the genre. Coming from a maths geek, any song that has two prime numbers in the title is absolutely going to get my attention.
A simple chord progression, mixed with an underlying energy, kick off the track. While the melody is basic, it does sustain the energy through the intro, and before long the lyrics begin. The song tells a story of pain, probably over-done in the music world, but I feel like it isn’t entirely clichéd. I can believe it.
The chorus is a sing along, and I feel they missed a trick by only introducing the gang vocals late in the song. It is the communal feel of the gangs that truly capture the energy, and I believe these could have come in on the second chorus.
The bridge is used to great effect, and despite the classic layout of the song, it, the bridge, does feel as though it has a rightful place in the track. It splits the song like a hardcore wood chopper come Easter Show season, and rebuilds the energy before the final chorus.
While I feel the song is let down by a simplistic repetition, as a first single, Everchanging obviously has a strong foundation on which to build. As they move away from the belief that high-tech=spotless, they will tap into the relentless energy and passion that shines through. Less echoey drums and a cut back in the level of production in the vocals will help give their sound a more raw feel, which will allow for a greater holistic vibe.
This song will make you want to sing, and definitely sets the groundwork for a long career in the industry. Everchanging will no doubt enhance their sound, taking on more experimentation, which is definitely present in their music, as is evidenced through the outro on Seven Past Eleven, and push the boundaries of their music. Seven Past Eleven is a good debut single, from a band that will only improve.
Songwriting integrity: 5/10
Personal Enjoyment 6/10