I have to admit I am running late with this review, but this material deserves a proper review even a couple of months after its initial release. The Grower is the most advanced material by Burnt Tapes, a melodic punk rock quartet emanating from London, UK. The group released an impressive discography so far that consists of Wasted History EP, Besides EP (B-Sides Collection), Alterations 12″ EP, a digital single named Yuzi, and debut full-length 12″ Never Better. A brand new material was heavily promoted over social networks with another digital single named Greek Wood, which came out a couple of months before the official release.
Grower carries four ear-appealing melodic punk rock compositions, detailed enough to satisfy every admirer of this particular genre. Burnt Tapes are leaning towards contemporary punk rock sound, but you can notice how some older groups affected their songwriting and composing. The group solely relies upon profoundly delicate harmonizations, mainly showcased through various guitar dualities. The rhythm guitar offers robust chord progressions and powerful palm-muted riffages, while the lead guitar liberates appropriate melodies over it. You may hear resemblance with groups who published their works at Lockjaw Records, Engineer Records, Little Rocket Records, Epitaph Records, or Fat Wreck Chords, but that’s not necessarily the case because Burnt Tapes are articulating in their manner.
These orchestrations are demonstrating how contemporary pop-punk, skate punk, punk rock, indie, and emo influenced Burnt Tapes in a very positive way. However, you’ll stumble upon a thoughtfully assembled amalgam of the abovementioned genres. The bass guitar delivers enough low-end tones, which are entirely supporting guitar maneuvers, but these basslines are also serving as a binding element between melodies and rhythm section. The stable drumming performance is backing the remaining portion of the group by delivering adequate rhythmic segments, accentuations and drum fills. Subtly distorted lead vocals are contributing to the slightly melancholic atmosphere with semi-distorted high pitched tones. The group undoubtfully works like a charm from scratch to finish, and I am more than positively sure you’ll enjoy these compositions.
If you’re looking for a more precise definition of their sound, Burnt Tapes are similar to bands like Nothington, RVIVR, Iron Chic, Red City Radio, Good Friend, The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Tired Radio, or Ways Away. Still, Burnt Tapes are taking this specific sound on an entirely new level. The best part about this particular material is the meaningful message behind it. Burnt Tapes decided to include a beech tree alongside their tunes to help the local environment and climate change. Eco-awareness is such an important issue, especially nowadays when the Earth is polluted more than ever. You can help out nature a little bit by purchasing this interesting release. Head over to
Lockjaw Records for more information about ordering.