Caesura – Escape Equals Light EP

Caesura
Escape Equals Light EP

Developing on the sound established on their first 7″, this San Francisco trio has compiled five tight and powerful songs on their new EP. While their first songs were more melodic and flowing, here the band is really stretching their respective musical talents. The drums are powerful and incredibly intricate, the vocals loud and intense, the bass strong and throbbing, the guitar intense and punchy. I really like the more intense rock feel the band has on these new songs.
“Fevers Fixed” starts with a very math-rocky, driving rhythm. Held together by the complex beat and stellar bass line, this song has a kind of complicated flow to it, and the vocals work perfectly, soaring along with the music. “Starlet in Klieglights” highlights the guitar, which is now much more than a compliment to the killer bass. There’s still a heavily math-rocky feel here, but the guitar and vocals also give the songs a more powerful and frenzied rock feel.
There’s something of a Fugazi and Jawbox feel to “Burn the Negatives,” but this band emphasizes the bass far more than those bands. The vocals really shine here on this powerful track, in a kind of shouted/sung style. On “Cicatrix,” singer Evan Rehill really lets loose, screaming and singing at once, and while this song isn’t quite as powerful as its predecessor, it has a greater intensity because of the vocals and the more blistering guitar assault. Finally, “Texture” closes the album quieter and yet more loose. Starting off quieter and almost free-form, the drums and bass roll in the background while the more melodic guitar and deep vocals resonate. You hope, after the first four songs, that the band would change up a bit, and they do show they can play a more moody, restrained style while still letting loose. The music at times feels almost improvised, as if the band was jamming, and it works in the fast moments to convey a wild nature. This is what I imagine the band would sound like live.
To be honest, I wouldn’t make the Fucking Champs comparison to this band if I didn’t read that Tim Green of said band recorded the songs with Caesura. But it’s a valid one, as this band has a very powerful rock sound that makes them stand out. It’s not the rocking instrumentals of the Champs, but a powerful, driving, attitude-laden rock sound that merges effortlessly with their math-rock rhythms and complicated time signatures. Great, powerful stuff.