Higher Power – 27 Miles Underwater


Release date: January 24, 2020
Label: Roadrunner Records

You can tell that Higher Power grew up listening to alternative rock and grunge. 27 Miles Underwater sounds more like 1995 than anything else that’s been released in 2020. To say that this is a period-piece would be unkind but a lot of these riffs DO sound familiar. Similar to Turnstile or Code Orange, Higher Power is the latest raw, guitar-driven post-hardcore band signed to a big label. It’s easy to hear the commercial potential. Seamless plays around with melody and links atonal riffs to polished choruses with transitions so jarring they become hooks on their own. The band also boasts a genuinely arresting vocalist. Yes, the improbably named Jimmy Wizard serves up piercing screams and yips but more interesting is his use of airy melodies, particularly on Lost In Static. Things get pretty dark on Low Season but I can see this being a party album for people nostalgic for the 90s. This album has a good vibe but I find myself wondering why no one plays plain old hardcore anymore?

Play: 1, 3, & 5

FCC: 11

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