Serious Matters holds nothing back on the post-hardcore fury of “Glitches”. Volume is an absolute must and a given, for every single detail adds to the heady brew of the track. Beyond the rooting in the intense ethos of post-hardcore, they bring together elements of punk, pop, alternative rock and more into this swirling kaleidoscopic swoon. The vocals are kept front and center serving as the beating heart of the track. Production has a flawless sheen to it for theirs is a visceral yet surprisingly intimate sound. Lyrics here are thought-provoking, full of reflection and possessing a universality that has a reassurance about it.
The angular hit of the riffs recalls a bit of The Illusion of Safety-era Thrice in terms of its intense energy. Rhythms too have a distinct, razor sharp edge to them highlighting the power they give to the drummer and the force of nature approach that adds to the sound, so courtesy to Daryian Kelton’s powerful hits. It is undoubtedly nice to hear a band with influences from Taking Back Sunday & Coheed and Cambria for that’s the sort of stuff I grew up on, so to hear it coming back is a personal joy of mine. Going even further into the hardcore/post-hardcore ethos they touch upon a bit of those legends Squirrel Bait for their sheer ferocity, as the song virtually hits the listener in the face with its colossal fervor. By serving as a bridge between these groups, the first school, second school, and now theirs is the third school of this sort of sound, there is a bit of a victory to the way that they transcend trends for something timeless, future-facing, and with righteous fury.
Drums sets the song up right, for the dual guitars of Kenny Byles (who also contributes vocals) and Criss Madd Jr. work in unison to create a propulsive attack on the senses. Matt Sandelman announces the lyrics with such power, as there is a clear-eyed behind his focus. Perhaps the most subtle work comes from Michael Seltzer’s bass work, which makes it sound easy but in reality, helps to anchor the whole thing perfectly. Evolution of the groove adds to its undeniable appeal, and they conjure up imagery of vast spaces, ones of endless possibility once after a person finally decides to let go of everything holding them back.
A powerful physical piece of work, Serious Matters addresses the need to be in control of one’s life, of embracing a spirit of individualism and defiance on “Glitches”.