EP Review: Alone I Walk - The Hardest Years Yet
ALONE I WALK
The Hardest Years Yet
Anchor Eighty Four Records
Though Winnipeg, Canada’s Alone I Walk has put out a few releases over the past few years, their latest EP The Hardest Years Yet is the first taste of music they’re offering since signing with Anchor Eighty Four Records. Produced by Johnny Liu (In Her Own Words, SECRETS, Slowtrip), the 4-song EP captures their energetic pop-punk sound (reminiscent of early 2000’s Drive-Thru Records) but also allows all the perfect spots for them to elevate their lyrics to the forefront and connect with the listener on a deeper level. “Get Up” opens the EP with the guitars providing an excellent melody that initially pulls you into the song and then holds you there as the vocals deliver an anxiety ridden lyric – instantly setting the tone for the rest of the EP – as it questions the confusion going on within’ ourselves: “Do I get up, should I stay down, it keeps getting harder every time I hit the ground.” The struggles of going life’s most complicated moments stay at the forefront of their upbeat songs with lines such as, “Nothing seems to ease the pain” from “Green and Grey,” or “I’m trapped in my head” from “Try My Best.” The EP’s closer, “Listen To The Rain,” is the only song of the 4 that explores someone else’s struggles rather than our own as he sings in the opening verse; “You wouldn’t understand she says before she pops a pill.” Brothers, Francois and Pascal Courcelles (aka Alone I Walk) define their sound with catchiness, melodies, great lead vocals, and stellar harmonies, but it’s their lyrics that take them to the next level. This batch of 4 songs relates perfectly with the youth of today as they sing of anxiety, confusion, and knowing that you’ll make it through it, but feeling stuck while you’re in it. Most importantly, though, Alone I Walk reminds us that whatever struggles we’re facing, we aren’t facing them alone.