You’d be forgiven for getting excited on witnessing the album cover for this record; an animated Alexisonfire-esque cover reminiscent of the Watch Out! album that won the hearts of so many post-hardcore fans. Everything We Left behind are no Alexisonfire, they are a punk-rock outfit hailing from Bristol and they still exist as a band.
Moving swiftly on, the quartet make good wholesome punk-rock music that is comparable to the likes of NOFX and all the song-writing prowess of early Green Day material.
Album opener ‘Generica’ packs a welcome punch to the gut, only softened by plentiful harmonies on the chorus that makes a very good first impression. Listening to the first few tracks, what becomes apparent is the sincerity of their music, a trait that’s delivered well through a very energetic delivery.
A few tracks in and EWLB could be compared to Four Year Strong, solely based on the precision that’s executed on tracks, especially on ‘A Place Called Nowhere’; these conventions seep from the sheer effort and anguish behind every track, but the band still manage to retain a distinctly British punk sound throughout.
‘No Friend of Mine’ may allude to the numerous line-up changes and back-stabbing friends that the band have had to endure over their six-year tenure as a band. And dare I make another bold pop-punk comparison? I do. The nifty riffs and tasty bass licks are one Tom-DeLonge-high-pitched whine away from sounding like Blink 182 circa Dude Ranch era – surely not a bad thing?
Our Ears Are Bleeding is an extremely decent debut album from one of the best British punk outfits I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in a while. If you like your punk dipped in a wee bit of pop, bursting with high-octane riffs, with a distinctly American twist on British conventions then you need to have a listen to Everything We Left Behind.