Manic. Fast. Pissed off. They’re a few words that best describe Atom Driver’s newest release Is Anything Alright. This EP is a fast listen that will leave you wanting more and feeling every decibel that’s pumped into your ears.

The New Jersey band has been ripping on the scene since 2016, releasing three EP’s (Slackjaw, In The West, and Here They Come, The Hornets) since then. Thankfully, they’re back. This EP is a great collection of punk songs that seem to invoke the spirit of New Brunswick basement shows. It’s full of energy and anger that mix well.

Opening on “Easy Lover”, this fast, punk track is killer, and sets the expectations for this EP. As soon as the guitar starts off, you know you’re in for a wild ride. They hold nothing back on this explosive track.

Songs like “Seven”, and “Porchlight” are good reminders that great songs don’t need much, but energy and passion. They’re in the running for best song on Is Anything Alright. Each one is crushing, and will invoke that same energy that they are giving, in the listener.

Atom Driver blends noise rock, punk, and a bit of Post-hardcore together making their sound a nice mix of new and old. The vocals definitely bring out all of these genres, ranging from steady singing, to screams of hysteria, with the instruments matching the same energy.

These guys are vastly underrated. I’m hoping Is Anything Alright will boost them to a level where they need to be, and that’s why you need to check this out! It’s a fast listen, and if you’re into punk, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Atom Driver’s sound, and above all else, their energy.

You can check it out when it’s released digitally through Nefarious Industries on November 19th.

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