Need a quick bump to get through the rest of your day? Put on Dirt Cannon’s newest release, What Eats You, and let it rip through your face. The six-song EP has a total running time of sixteen minutes. It’s a lot like tearing off a bandaid; you get this short, sweet rush of pain, and then it’s done. With grueling vocals and heavy rock and hardcore instrumentation, this release falls in the middle of the Venn Diagram between the two genres.
Much like starting up a chainsaw, “Titans” slowly builds to the level that the rest of the album will drive on. Running at just over a minute, this song is a mere introduction to the ride. As it seamlessly transitions into the next track, “Be a Friend,” you start to get a better idea of what this trip is all about. With raunchy guitar tones that fluctuate between hardcore riffs and rock n’ roll debauchery, your head will never cease bobbing. Spread over top are heavily distorted vocals, almost more distorted than the guitars. It’s a perfect mix of screaming and plain old sleaze.
In the next track, “Hire Consciousness,” we get more driving rhythms and howling vocals. There’s a certain hop in the step as even the vocal melodies come off the tongue with some swagger behind them. This is genuinely a very mean-sounding collective. However, as you continue to ride through the album you begin to notice a lack of dynamic between songs, and also in the songs themselves. With “Escape Artists” you begin to wonder if you’ve heard the riff already, and the vocal melody and delivery starts to sound redundant. The very mean vibe starts to lose its fresh stank. It might also be that most of the songs seem to be written in the same key, so things start to blur together. That being said, it could make for a wicked concept album that’s simply one giant rip.
The last pair of tracks does have some hidden gems in them. “Right and Wrong” and “Live Fast” make up the last six minutes of the album, and will remain the mysterious land of discovery for you as a listener. If you liked what you’ve heard thus far, these tracks will definitely take you home. Mind you, it may be on a stretcher. Dirt Cannon does not let up on the energy one bit. They definitely bring heavy hitting vibes to the table. The hardcore rock genre is one that will get some double-dipping from both camps. I was lucky enough to catch this band live, and holy tits do they ever tear shit up. They are definitely able to translate these tracks into a killer live performance. A highly recommended show for anyone who feels their neck is a bit too stiff.
Written by Ben Cornel
*edited by Kate Erickson