Brazil may be better known for its football than it’s punk-rock scene, but after giving Keep Running a listen, I can safely say which it should be renowned for. Having built a name for themselves through playing parties and skate competitions, since their formation in 2006 the band have toured with the likes of Less Than Jake, Face to Face and No Use For A Name. The six track EP, which is the second from the Brazillian rockers, is release on August 18th via Bomber Music and can be purchased here.
From the open, punk signature riffs of Fall, there’s no doubt that this is a record that doesn’t do half-measures. The husky vocals fit in with the guitar-powered instrumental, and the tight manner of the sound suddenly dropping that reoccurs throughout the track breaks the lengthy opener up slightly. Deep and sharp hooks close the solid four-minute track, before Pollution picks up similar, higher riffs and style of breaking the vocals in. The backing vocals add support to the angst in the chorus, with the muffled spoken vocals serving as a breakdown on the track towards its close while keeping in a fairly regular song structure.
Rain feat. Koala serves as the third track off the release, with a notable difference in the general sound of the song; a higher pitch and more dominant vocals join with less focus on the bass of the track, with spectacular guitar solos doing their bit for the instrumental. The second half of the EP commences with Jack, which features the return of the huskier vocals and staggered, rockier riffs – the type the elicit air-guitar solos from live audiences, and headbanging from the less musically talented in the crowd.
A punkier version of beach-pop-esque chords welcome penultimate Slow Trip, and muffled vocals complete the sound and the general, more melodic feel to the track. Eventually the instrumental gives way to something slightly rockier, despite the track falling again into the cliche of using a breakdown of reduced music and slower vocals to almost finish the track. The EP finishes up with its title track, Keep Running, and whilst not the most memorable from the record, it creates a solid close to a solid second release, with fairly lengthy instrumental sections holding the majority of the track.
None of this is pop-punk or post-punk or any derivative of the genre; six track of solid punk-rock make Keep Running a must-listen for fans of international rock.