Do you still listen to your old pop-punk records from the late nineties and early oughts? Do you wish there was more of it? What the hell happened to all of those bands? Why have seemingly none of them survived into our current decade? If this is striking a chord with you, Ottawa’s five piece Bearings might be the answer.
With their new three-song EP Home is… they’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, they’re just making sure it keeps the machine moving forward. It’s a debut that shows interesting progression as it goes along.
We start off with “Indecision,” the most straightforward track. It has a catchy riff, a catchy hook, and some scratchy throat harmonies. If you’re a millennial, it sounds a lot like the feeling of visiting your parent’s house and finding your old room still intact after a decade.
“What’s Best For You” kicks in next, and displays a little more teeth. The riffs get chunkier, the vocals start to growl a little, and the whole thing feels a little more grown-up. The band is starting to take shape.
Finally, this teaser of an album ends with “Absent,” which shows a dramatic jump in song structure. This is no longer a three-chord bonanza. There’s progression, there’s a break down, and there’s quite a bit of meat to sink your teeth into. It starts to play into Flatliners territory, which is a very good thing.
A three-song EP is really only meant to showcase what you can do and to get your name out there. This EP should accomplish that. I’m too old to be a millennial, but I can see what these guys are trying to do, especially as it goes along. I know it sounds weird to say that they evolved over the course of three tracks, but they did. If they keep in that direction, this could be a band worth keeping an eye on.
Written by Richard Brunette
*edited by Kate Erickson