The Orphan, The Poet - Terrible Things EP Review

Dayton, Ohio-based alternative rock band The Orphan The Poet's newest release, Terrible Things, is an exciting and fresh new alt-rock EP. It was released earlier this summer and it really epitomizes the current wave of alt-rock groups in a positive light.

The Orphan The Poet have shared the stage with acts such as Dance Gavin Dance, Conditions, I, The Mighty, and more. Substream Magazine described the lead track off of this EP as “Mayday Parade meets Manchester Orchestra.” The band consists of David Eselgroth (Vocals/Guitar), Dakota Johnson (Guitar), Jake Floyd (Bass), and Sam Gordon (Drums).

The EP was Engineered by Nick Ingram and produced by Machine (Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Every Time I Die). The album was released on June 3rd.

The Terrible Things EP kicks off with “Forward,” a driving modern rock anthem with a really sweet lead melody peppered in throughout, melting with wavy distortion like a punk rock Soundgarden.

The title track, “Terrible Things,” plays wonderful homage and calls back to classic early 2000's pop-punk, which brings a nostalgic smile to my eyes. I can clearly see what these guys are all about when they sing the hook to this impressive single. This track is the highlight of the EP for me. You can watch the music video for it right here to get a sample of what The Orphan The Poet has to offer.

The rally cry of the EP is “Bombs Away,” a fun number that really hits the middle of the EP with the energy it needs to hold everything together. This EP is relatively quick in it's runtime, and The Orphan The Poet clearly know how to make it seem like it lasts.

“Bombs Away” paired with the slower next track, “Wild & Young,” really set a good pace. “Wild & Young” is your youth statement thesis of the EP. “Watch You Burn” ends the EP with a dark and powerful track. The energy keeps up all the way until the end.

Terrible Things EP Tracklist:

  1. Forward
  2. Terrible Things
  3. Bombs Away
  4. Wild & Young
  5. Watch You Burn

Overall, I'm going to give Terrible Things a not terrible score of 8.5/10.

The Orphan, The Poet really shines on this release and, while they don't really show me anything new to the genre, they certainly know how to construct and perform tight, memorable alt-rock punk classics.

Keep an eye out for these guys in the future as they start to work on their next project. You can find them at the links provided below!

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