Well, I meant to post this as a “hot release” right when Rid of Me released this debut album on Bandcamp (12.03.2021)…however, I am late 😦 So, with apologies….
This song delivers exactly what Rid of Me have in their tagline “heavy, melodic punk” and in this case that is a good thing. I am sure we have all heard the bad version of this genre and it does not go well. This is the other kind. The overlay of sound is so entrancing that I did not mind having to hunt around a little to pick up the underlying lyrics. And those words are quite interesting all to themselves. I spent several long minutes figuring them out and what they mean to me and you also might find it a useful exercise. It will get your imagination working for sure. Being mostly unfamiliar with this band, I did a quick search and found a slightly disturbing but riveting video for the song “Dealing” which is also off of this record. You can check that at punknews.org and I am sure in the other usual places. This is a solid release and the rest of Traveling measures up well and gets my recommendation. I have to get out and see this gang live somewhere for sure:)
You can check out more of their music and information on their Bandcamp page https://ridofme.bandcamp.com
As always…support your local bands and artists and buy direct from the source when you can – community is powerful!