SINK THE SHIP. PERSEVERE.
A review by Anthony Talanca
Sink The Ship, an easycore band out of Cleveland, Ohio, have just released their debut album Persevere on April 27th, 2018 via Sharptone Records. It is the band’s first album produced and the first with Sharptone Records as well.
Sink The Ship burst onto the scene with the release of their first single, Domestic Dispute, featuring Bert from Chunk! No Captain Chunk. As an easycore band, Chunk is one of the most successful bands to date; so to be able to record and get him a feature in a song is a testament to the praise of the band. In terms of the easycore structure, this song is centered a lot more on the pop punk aspect. The song is catchy and follows a pretty simple structure that is prevalent throughout. At the 2:30 mark, the tone changes as a mini breakdown is presented that gets right back into the singing and finishing of the song. As a first single, this song got a lot of fans interested due to the simplicity of the tone and singing. It was catchy and got people interested in hearing more.
The second single released and one of my favorites on the record is Second Chances. This is the first song on the album and the tone of the album is immediately shown as it starts with a heavy screaming section right now. From there, at around the 40- second mark of the song, it breaks into a catchy singing chorus. The lead singer, Colton, changes tones between the screaming and clean singing with absolute ease. This song is heavy and the band does a great job of defying when they want it to be heavy and when they want a more melodic chorus to sing along with. Second Chances has a great blend of screaming and singing and even features a guitar solo later in the song, showing off the bands great ability to feature many different elements in a single song. Of all songs on the record, this song best features the sound that Ship The Sink wishes to present to its fans.
Watch the official video for Sink The Ship – Second Chances:
Sink The Ship then followed that up with their third music video in Everything, which features Levi Benton from label mates Miss May I. When going over the track list of this album, this was the song that stuck out to me due to Levi’s feature. Miss May I is far from an easycore band so I was excited to see how this collaboration would work. Both Levi and Colton do a great job of featuring their screaming vocal sections throughout the song and it becomes one of the highlight moments of this album. This is probably the heaviest hitter on the album and it makes sense when you feature Levi in the song. For fans that are into the heavy side of easycore, this is the song to listen to if you want to hear the heavy potential of the band. The balance between the two singers and the bridge choruses in between makes for this to be one of the better-released songs in 2018 so far.
Watch the official video for Sink The Ship – Everything:
Finally, the band released their fourth music video, Nail Biter on the release day of the album. This song starts off with a screaming section from Colton right into another catchy chorus. What makes Sink The Ship so good in this song especially is the way they transition throughout songs. They definitely follow a formula, but they are able to add different features from the guitar and electronic elements to keep it interesting in each song. In terms of easycore, Nail Bitter does the best job at featuring all the elements ranging from screaming vocals, to catchy choruses, to the electronic tone vibes throughout. The song ends on a nice breakdown that features both singing vocals into a small little screaming section that takes you into the next song.
Watch the official video for Sink The Ship – Nail Biter:
Overall, Persevere is 14 songs and 51 minutes long. The band had a ton of material to work with and showed it throughout this record. It’s a long record, but there are no wasted moments. The band came in with a purpose in each song and knocked it out of the park. With that being said, I give this album an 8.5 out of 10. The album is chalk full with bangers and has all the making of a roll the windows down and blast the album with nice weather on the horizon. For all fans that are missing Chunk! No Captain Chunk music in their lives, Ship The Sink fills the void here.
Full tracklist for Sink The Ship – Persevere:
1. Second Chances
2. Out Of Here
3. Domestic Dispute (Feat. Bert Poncet)
4. Everything (Feat. Levi Benton)
5. Nail Biter
6. Put Up Or Shut Up
8. Trust Your Gut
9. Strike First
10. Exposing The Hype
12. Take This To Heart
13. The Chase
14. Domestic Dispute (acoustic version)
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