The May Runners - Always Here, Never Together EP Review

The May Runners ooze angst and chaos. Beneath all the blood-curdling screams, distorted guitars, and pounding drums, they are just a few vu...

The May Runners ooze angst and chaos. Beneath all the blood-curdling screams, distorted guitars, and pounding drums, they are just a few vulnerable youths using music to release their pent up energies. This emocore, "sad punk," or whatever you want to call them band hail from Panorama City, CA. They are made up of Angel Gonzalez on drums, Edwin Aroma on guitar, Damian Shawver on bass, and Michael Kidd on guitar and vocals. Always Here, Never Together is a reissue of their debut EP featuring one new song, "Shallow." This remaster was released by online label Little L Records (formerly Little League Records). "Sink or Swim" is the first song off this 6-track EP and starts off like a Bloc Party track until Kidd comes barreling through with his signature window shattering scream. Staying true to their "sad punk" roots, The May Runners also have slow, pretty parts featuring Kidd singing normally. "Cotton Dagger" comes across as a Blink-182 track with balls and some post-hardcore riffs. There is definitely no lack of melody, dynamics, or sentimentality in this EP. "Home is Where I'm Heartless" is their closing salvo and it reminds me of old post-hardcore bands like Hot Cross and a bit of Comadre. All in all, Always Here is a valiant first effort of pure and raw emotion coming at you like a fiery maelstrom that takes no prisoners.

Check out their entire EP below from their Bandcamp page.
 

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