London (United Kingdom) alternative rock/punk band The Survival Code is releasing come November 2016 a three-track EP titled Broken Strings. Members Gary McGuinness (guitars, vocals) and Tom Cook (drums)—with a little help from Chema Zurita (bass)—have a sound that is very familiar and well delivered.
For fans of mainstream punk rock, this is an EP to pick up. The chugging guitars in lead single “Broken Strings” are dynamic and permeates the entire number with high intensity. The verses and the chorus alternate between the former, holding back a certain raw energy that is released in the latter. An uptempo head banger with a satisfying ending, it is a potentially great live number.
While the tempo is slower in “One”, the intensity is significantly jacked up, layered with a thick coat of angst. While predictable, it also makes for a satisfying listen. In both tracks one is drawn in by visceral vocals and the chorus is quite sticky; one cannot help at time but think of the Foo Fighters. Even more mainstream is the third and final number on the EP, the slower “Lost Cause”.