Label: Alcopop Records/Failure By Design Records
Release Date: 20th April 2018
Genre: Indie Punk/Emo
itoldyouiwouldeatyou’s Joey Ashworth could sing about tying up up their shoelaces and I’d still write a review documenting how it’s the most emotionally driven song of the year. The level of passion exuberated by ITYIWEY meant that from the moment I first heard them, I was hooked. Enamoured by every layer, band member and lyric, I dove headfirst into their back-catalogue and came out proclaiming to be in love with them. I’m no stranger to including hyperbole in my writing, but itoldyouiwouldeatyou really are my favourite of all the bands I’ve discovered in 2018.
Get Terrified features 3 singles, all of which pre-released, and a remix of their song, ‘Off Brand’ from 2016 EP, I Am Not Your Fault. This unfortunately short burst of emotion and heartache has led me to crave a full record more than ever. The 3 singles; ‘Get Terrified’, ‘Mourn’ and ‘Divine Violence’ are absolutely up there with the best indie-punk songs to be released in recent years and have to be championed as such.
The 7-piece have thrown their hearts and all of their musical talents into this record. It is well thought out and layered with real craftsmanship and desire to pull at the heartstrings of the listener. Stories are told throughout each song, not only through revealing lyrics but the wails of Joey during ‘Mourn’ or distant vocals that turn to screams at the end of ‘Divine Violence’. A testament to the band leaving no stone unturned as they bring the music together.
The ‘Off Brand’ remix does everything a B-Side should by exploring the song further, letting the band show off the work of a fellow artist and showcase the wide ranges of influences that go into bringing their music to life. Although this version lacks the rawer more intimate feel that initially attracted me to the band, this ethereal floating track is one I learnt to appreciate more upon every listen.
Representation is vital for anyone who doesn’t fit the norm. And the lyrics that are penned within these songs are ones I wish I could have heard when I was far younger and confused. Providing a safe space for the queer, itoldyouiwouldeatyou tell you that they understand and they’ll always be by your side, a message spoken clearest on ‘Divine Violence’. Ever revealing in their lyrical content and never shying away from the truth, ITYIWEY have perfectly depicted stories of falling in love, feeling alone and growing up.
My chest hurts when I listen to this EP. That’s a unique feeling reserved for the best of emotional music; ‘Wake Up’ by Coheed and Cambria, ‘Good Luck’ by Reuben, ‘Passing Through a Screen Door’ by The Wonder Years, you know the ones. Itoldyouiwouldeatyou pour their hearts into their music in the hopes that people like me listen and feel less alone, and that’s exactly what they have achieved. A masterclass in emo song writing and a collection of songs I’ll hold close for a long time, Get Terrified is a glimmer of what’s to come when this band release their full length album. If they keep up this level of quality… well I’ll need to buy myself a new box of tissues.
Get Terrified will be released on 20th April 2018.
Recommended Track: Mourn