Mindless Empty Hardcore is the debut EP by Montreal hardcore punks meh. Featuring current and former members of more bands than I can keep track of, meh bring snippets of grind, thrash, and hardcore on this aggressive first showing.
Mindless Empty Hardcore is six offerings of straightforward, hardcore punk. A major strongpoint for meh is the band’s vocals. All four members of the band tackle vocal duties, trading off in songs like “Don’t Conform.” While the band members’ different vocals are solid on their own, they are even stronger together, as heard in the song “Lovely Day,” which I feel is the strongest on the EP. The instrumentation on Mindless Empty Hardcore deserves praise as well. Between the band’s solid rhythm section and their heavy, at times, flashy guitar work, meh has a lot of talent behind them. So, why can’t I dig this thing?
Despite the obvious skill that the members of meh possess, the songs on Mindless Empty Hardcore simply aren’t holding my attention. “Just Die” is a predictable hardcore song and aside from the alternating lead vocals, is very repetitive. This same issue is present in the song “Anti-Punk,” where the second half of the song is nearly identical to the first. I didn’t go into this expecting for meh to reinvent the wheel, but I was hoping to hear something that stood out at least a little bit more. With meh’s song-writing experience and musical talent, I was expecting more.
Mindless Empty Hardcore is just, well, meh; there’s nothing inherently wrong with the EP but there’s also nothing very memorable about it. The alternating vocals between Mel, Mike, Tommy, and Travis help to shake things up a little, but the songs themselves just aren’t that interesting. It’s clear that this is meant to be a straightforward hardcore release, but I hope that in future the band learns to step outside their comfort zone.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Lia Davis