Blue Sky Law – Gravity Made Us Run EP

Blue Sky Law – Gravity Made Us Run

Blue Sky Law – Gravity Made Us Run EP

Gravity Made Us Run is a genre-friendly EP, courting post-hardcore, post-punk, rock, and math rock fans. But these 5 songs, the work of NYC-based duo Blue Sky Law, don’t have a lot to offer.

Guitar, drums, and dual vocals piece together a few decent parts, but usually the songwriting plods through well-worn territory, serving up generic fodder that lacks range and relies too much on volume dynamics.

Gravity Made Us Run gets a good start with “Passport”. Here, a distorted guitar and snapping snare hash out some measured post-punk marked by crude chord work that allows for some dissonance and melody. The hook-friendly chord progressions get math-lite treatment with syncopation and a few variations on the beat. Shouted vocals lend the track some bonus energy to offset the paced riffing.

The EP’s other highlight comes at track 4, “Hands Straight Down”. The slower, hushed approach here stands apart from the rest of the EP.  Soft vocals and tempered sounds offer a lot of breathing room. But that reprieve gets threatened at the 1 minute mark with some sharp, syncopated snare hits. The song cycles through this again before the threats finally deliver a predictably loud and distorted guitar riff built on octave chords running up the guitar neck as cymbals crash loudly in background and shouted vocals give angry cheers.  Blue Sky Law wants badly to stumble on something anthemic but all of the elements just aren’t there. This quiet-to-loud act is repeated until the song inches over 6 minutes. One trip down this road would probably have been enough, but Gravity Made Us Run is a short EP so maybe the length makes sense. I bet it works well live.

But the other three tracks don’t cut it. “Future of Me” and “Throw a Wrench” are watered down, millionth-generation rock riffs executed with little to no feeling, and title track “Gravity Made Us Run” is a poorly constructed, mathy instrumental composed of what sounds like a bunch of riffs the guitarist had always wanted to use, but didn’t want to compromise by making them into a song.

Blue Sky Law don’t impress on Gravity Made Us Run. The EP shows modest promise in two tracks, but still has a lot of work to do.