The post-hardcore group launch straight into the EP with the track Glass House, which, although starting in a pop punk style, thematically evolves into something more alternative which produces a post-hardcore sound by the end. It’s immediately clear that Everyday Sidekicks aren’t just an average group; the band’s music is more complex, with varying guitar melodies sitting over the top of the noisy chord progression, discernible but not overpowering. Glass House is the latest single to be released from Hope.
Bury Your Friends is the second track, and this sees the group experiment more with effects. The tone for the track is set with the lone guitar, but then in comes the riff and screamed vocals and disrupts the listener’s assumptions. However the vocals are mixed between screaming and singing, something a lot of post punk and post hardcore bands do but only some pull off well: Everyday Sidekicks is one of the latter.
Fracture, the lead single, starts off sounding more metal than any of the other tracks so far. However, when the verse starts and the guitars split off between the melody and rhythm is when the listener starts to hear the post-hardcore influences in the track.
Lacuna is the other experimental track on Hope. It is the sole instrumental track on the album, but is a beautiful piece of music. The sound effects are used to enhance the music and the mix is balanced just right.
Saving the best track for last, Everyday Sidekick present Business Secrets of the Pharoahs. The track immediately starts with a catchy guitar riff typical of metal, however, much like the other tracks on the EP, there is an underlying melody that pushes the genre towards post hardcore instead. This melody becomes more prevalent in the second verse and bridge. This track is the heaviest on the EP, and would be amazing live.
Overall, Hope is a really well presented EP with great artwork, talent from the group and is mixed and mastered really well. The sound effects, when they are used, enhance the overall sound of the tracks contained within the EP and the listener can easily imagine a great stage show to go with the songs.