'Modern Conversation' - Decay / Turned Up Louder
Let’s head into Liverpool’s diverse and inclusive alternative music scene, where up-and-coming emo outfit Decay are releasing their first EP to attentive fans. Formerly a well-liked pop punk band called Pine, this band and its members are already deep-rooted in the community, but this certainly hasn’t made them complacent in creating their new five-track EP, ‘Modern Conversation’. Rather, it seems to have motivated them; lead singer Daniel Reposar says “Being surrounded by incredibly talented bands like Loathe, Antihero and Bitter Youth pushed us to try and make this record the biggest and best thing to come out of the Liverpool scene to date.” That’s some tough competition, and some amazing inspiration! So, with everything running as planned, Decay have just released ‘Modern Conversation’ on independent label, Fox Records.
The material is consistently either upbeat or slow and story-focused, taking their pop punk roots in a new post-hardcore direction, adding vigour and an extra sense of purposefulness. The lyrical themes are unconcealed, with simple metaphors and storytelling favoured over shrouding the literal meanings behind the tracks. The clearest example lies in the lead single, ‘Slow Decline’. Reposar reveals that this song is about his father’s declining health after his mother passed away, stating “It’s a song for anyone that’s had to watch the people around them wither and fade; it’s for the people that don’t come from that perfect home.” After the story being explained to us with overt lyrics such as “I don’t blame him for the drinking” with some consistently chaotic yet unadorned music comparable to the likes of Basement, we get to hear a softer side to his voice and Connor Baugh’s guitar.
There is another glimpse of slowness with the focus on vocals in the closing track ‘Lullaby’, which starts as a tear-jerking open letter to Reposar’s father, gradually building as he describes his own feelings, before an instrumental crescendo which feels like a release of the build-up of emotions over the EP. This works well with the lyrical theme of giving up trying to help someone who can’t be helped in order to focus on your own life, and thriving.
Revamped and rerecorded, Decay’s first released single ‘New Again’ is on this EP. Its structure and lyrics remain identical, so fans who know the song can continue to enjoy it as much live now as they did beforehand – and that was a lot. At a show in Liverpool, Reposar had a sore throat and the crowd helped him sing the whole thing! However, some alterations have been made so the instrumentation fits more with the rest of the tracks, whilst keeping its catchiness and instant appeal.
The more aggressive material is not dissimilar to Trash Boat, blending several genres seamlessly for comfortable listening but with a definite nod to the hardcore bands previously mentioned. ‘Been Blue’ and ‘Sentiment’ particularly display this fusion, a product of the band’s attentiveness to the massively diverse Liverpool music scene. With confidence in their connections and ability to perform, there’s no predicting where they will go as they refine their sound further; they’ve allowed themselves to go in any and all directions that they want to, and experimentation continues to help them grow.
'Modern Conversation is out now via Fox Records.
Check out the audio video for the remastered version of the band's first single, 'New Again', below:
For all the latest news on Decay's upcoming live performances, keep an eye on the Fox Records Facebook page, and for more Liverpool-based releases and shows, head over to Halfway Home Productions' page!