Updated: Apr 19, 2019
UPDATE: due to some file discrepancies, this review was completed with the wrong impression of track order, please note the track order for the EP is different than the information below.
EP: Self Titled(Debut)
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Thomas Meints - Vocals Jordan Soto - Drums Matthew Eagle - Guitar Tyler Diederichsen - Guitar
I first discovered Reliance shuffling through "The Scene" Spotify playlist. "Lucid" is the song and I automatically fall in love. I exit Spotify to add their collection to my Apple Music playlists, only to find "Lucid" was their only release. So I search Facebook and find their page. I saw they had a music video out, so I peeped it. I was blown away at how substantial in quality, yet low budget this video was, and moreso how great it fit along with the song. At that moment, they had a whopping 379 followers(Currently: 389). How is this amazing band with an awesome single and music video not crazy popular? Well, such is life sometimes in this 2019 music scene. Some of the best bands get overlooked and some of the least substantial music gets frontlined, an unfortunate truth. Well, not this time. I reached out to the band and asked for an exclusive listen to their upcoming self titled EP and an interview.
Lets dive in, shall we?
The EP is eponymous and contains 5 tracks.
My favorite vehicle in Halo 3 and also the first track on the EP. If, like me, before this the only song by Reliance you were familiar with is "Lucid," then, also like me, you are instantly shocked by how hard they come in their record from the jump. This song bent the sonic box I wrongly, initially placed this band into. This opening song slaps the hardest, plain and simple. The rest of the album rocks and has heavy elements, but this is by far sonically the hardest song they have, and its SO good. It perfectly blends hardcore instrumentals with refined clean vocals.
"There is this ghost that hasn't let me sleep a single night...I watched my world crumble in front of me...Now my nostalgia gets the best of me, leave me to my suffering...Nostalgia that no human here could bear...there isn't that much left of me