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The Survival Code release new alt-rock album

The Survival Code release new alt-rock album

Following a successful round of shows in the UK, English rockers The Survival Code have released a new EP with three heart-pounding new tracks. The EP, entitled “Broken Strings”, sounds like a blend of 1980s hair metal and modern alternative rock. Lead vocalist and guitarist Gary McGuinness formed The Survival Code and released the band’s first EP, “Everything But Today” in 2013 with drummer Tom Cook. McGuinness is a classical guitar scholar and brings a sense of purpose and power to every song on “Broken Strings”.

The first track on the EP, aptly titled “Broken Strings”, sets the pace for this EP as a hard rock, no-holds-barred album. McGuinness’ vocals are raspy yet focused and drive the guitar riffs and pounding percussion. While the track is exciting and certainly attention-grabbing, it feels a little bit overdone. This hard rock sound has been done before, and, while McGuinness and Cook are adding to the genre, they haven’t proved yet that they’re creating anything new.

The next track, “One”, has a guitar riff very similar to several Motley Crue tracks, but the song itself is dark and ominous. It is the strongest track on the EP and aptly displays the chemistry of the band members. The video, available on YouTube, has generated nearly 10,000 views in the past six weeks, and the visuals match the atmosphere of the song. The last track on the EP, “Lost Cause”, is a slower song that sounds a bit more like the Foo Fighters or All-American Rejects. The Survival Code give listeners a good sample of their sound and overall vibe with this EP, but it would have been even better had there been more tracks on it. Having firmly established what they stand for, the band now has to work on perfecting it.

EP “Broken Strings”:

Chicago writer and photographer Kate Scott Daly specializes in music journalism. Her body of work includes live documenting over 200 bands, reviewing several albums and concerts, and multiple artist interviews.Kate continues to brave the photo pits of major music venues and outdoor festivals throughout the Chicagoland scene.

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