Sit Calm is a Winnipeg emo rock band here with their new EP Precia. A follow-up to their 2016 full-length Graphite, Precia sees Sit Calm bringing together elements of math rock, emo, and pop punk for fifteen angst-ridden minutes. I can’t say that the band is really reinventing the wheel, but if you’re into bands like Tiny Moving Parts or Ttng, Sit Calm is definitely worth checking out.
Precia starts out with the song “Losing Value.” The track has some really pretty guitar and vocal melodies throughout and enough variety to keep the song interesting on repeat listens. Sit Calm’s main schtick continues throughout my favourite track, “Sidearm.” The same complex guitar melodies are present, but the rhythm section gets in on the action this time around. Drummer Nick Fondse doesn’t hold back in the slightest on “Sidearm,” managing to throw in some pretty intricate playing while never sounding out of place. One of the band’s biggest accomplishments on this EP, at least in my opinion, is staying tasteful with their playing. There’s a tonne of difficult playing on Precia, but Sit Calm never devolve into masturbatory noodling.
Nick Gammon’s vocals on this EP are another standout aspect. His voice is a little gruffer than some of what you’d hear in similar bands, adding to the heaviness of songs like “New Perspective,” but there’s always a strong sense of melody. There aren’t a tonne of harmonies on Precia, but the few that are present add a lot. One of the best examples of this is on the song “Boxcutter,” the chorus of which has been stuck in my head since I first heard it.
This is the point in the review where I’d normally complain about what I didn’t like about an album, but that’s going to be tough this time around. If I had one main criticism, it would be that the band isn’t really breaking much new ground. That said, Precia is a great EP. It doesn’t overstay its welcome and has had me going back for repeat listens all week. If you’re looking for some sad rock with an emphasis on musicianship, I would highly recommend Sit Calm.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Danielle Kenedy