Defiance, Ohio released these 4 tracks for download on their website as a fundraiser for The Icarus Project. There is talk of them being released on 7″ though no confirmed release date at the moment.
The Icarus Project is an inspiring initiative aiming to redefine the way we perceive mental health. Will from the D,O states on the bands website “All of us are affected by mental health, either personally or in relation to our loved ones. The power structures that dominate our lives can be so insidious that they dominate the ways we seek to be sound of mind and body.”
One of the most inspiring things about Defiance, Ohio is their ability to encourage strength and solidarity even when things are hard as well as promoting honesty about who we are. They manage to merge political and personal perfectly, which in reality is the way things should be.
First track ‘The Reason’ is a nice pop rock affair. Since the release of ‘The Fear, The Fear, The Fear’ (their most recent studio album) Defiance, Ohio have shaped a more gentle sound for themselves and this track proceeds on the same path nicely. The violin, piano and vocals play off each other nicely creating a tune so catchy it will make you smile.
‘You Are Loved’ plods along nicely. Musically it is not the most interesting of the four tracks but the the end of the song finishes in crescendo with the vocals reclaiming ‘You are loved, You are loved, You are loved, You are really loved’.
‘Everyone Else on the Other Side’ again sees D,O bringing things down a notch. The song has a melancholy feel to it which contrasts nicely against the other tracks.
‘Cigarettes’ is more reminiscent of older material, with crashing symbols and shouted vocals in places. It’s short and to the point coming in at around the minuet and a half mark.
The four tracks presented here show the true diversity of the band. Each one individual and with it’s own story to tell. Fans of the band should not be disappointing by this release but more importantly the band have shown their dedication to social change by supporting a more than worth while organisation.