With a classic, almost early Beatles-influenced, classic punk sound, “Modern Art” seems to crash through the speakers, with an undeniable energy, funky tone, and distorted guitars that leave an impression of the 1970s. Everything about the track makes you want to dance and sing along like it’s your job, and breathes life into the meaning of Your History Defaced. It’s the kind of track I’d kill to make a music video for; just to bring this to life visually would be incredible. The song opens so many artistic dialogues, which is funny, considering it’s title.
“Shades of Light and Dark” keeps the energy up, with a bouncy rhythm, and an upbeat tone that contrasts with the incredible depth of the lyrics. The song provides a social commentary on how what you see isn’t always what the truth is; the pictures don’t tell the whole story. It’s a brilliant reminder that those pictures of “happy times” can also just be snapshots of the worst days; the days that are just pigs in lipstick.
With a fast-paced, classic vibe, “Tab Clear” comes crashing in. A repetitive tune, but so catchy, I hardly think it would be so obvious. In fact, I dare say the repetitive style fits with the overall tone, especially once the heavy bass and skillful guitar have been introduced, adding a new layer of skill. However, it is “Last Stand,” a beat-oriented, rhythmic, and strong track, that rounds out the EP best. Easily the best song on the EP, it’s got a great style to it; a tone reminiscent of The Beatles and a dash of Vampire Weekend, all the while sounding completely fresh and original. This is the track that has that feeling of getting into your own bed after a week at a hotel; it’s clean and crisp, but familiar.
Showcasing the punk roots a bit more strongly, “Vultures” finishes off Your History Defaced, with an element of Buzzcocks and maybe even a hint of The Ramones. It’s noisy, chaotic, and brilliant, just how punk music should be. From beginning to end, this song sparks the image of an English music festival in the 60s and 70s.
The more I listen to Your History Defaced, the more I find myself desperate to revisit the classics, as well as see Cross Wires live. One can only wonder if they wear denim vests with punk rock patches and safety pins, or if they all have matching haircuts…
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