NYC Rock Band The Permanent Revolution Release Debut EP
The thing about rock is that it’s a vast, seemingly unending, unrestricted world of sound. There are so many directions you can take your own interpretation — weaving in and out of high-energy percussion, say, or littering a searing arrangement with bits of pep, maybe. NYC-based rock band The Permanent Revolution know this. Comprised of a couple good friends all fueled by different influences, the band recently released their debut EP, Fake Blood and Real Guts, a fleeting four-track collection in which they don’t dare limit themselves. They just wanted to rock. And rock they did.
“I think we wanted to do something in the spirit of those great rock records we love — something punchy, funny, and a little dumb with a dangerous idea or two slipped in between the noise,” lead vocalist Luke Wehner told us about the new EP. “Everyone in the band has their own perspective. We all have our own tastes and instincts, and come from very different musical backgrounds, but everyone contributes and it comes together as something dynamic and unexpected. I think we've put together an EP that's out there and in-your-face in all the ways you like a rock record to be.”
The first thing to note about Fake Blood and Real Guts is that though it lacks cohesion, it would be a disservice to want it to be put-together. The point of the record is that there’s a disjointed kind of newness — a fun, funky foray into the rock that The Permanent Revolution wants to make for themselves. We’re merely along for the ride.
With this in mind, we’re off to the races. Fake Blood and Real Guts kicks off with “No More Rock ‘n Roll.” It’s the kind of classic, schizophrenic singalong you might have found on top charts back in the day, led by rapid-fire percussion, the trill of keys, and a whole lot of high-energy harmony. It moves crazy quick, just barely two and a half minutes of catchy pop-rock amusement. Next is “Bad Actor,” a slinky romp with the otherworldly delivery and buzzing riffs of prog-rock influence. The song plows through like this, an eerie vocal tug-of-war taking place in which Wehner’s voice moves hyper-fast between levels of desperation, all while the energetic arrangement treks on.
On “Cry In Punk,” The Permanent Revolution experiment with a quirky garage-rock composition. There’s a lot to this one, like the impossibly lively camaraderie between the vocals and multi-instrumentation. The percussion is blazing, the bass is booming, the guitar is wailing — the song is alive with fast-paced pizzazz. The EP ends with “Falling For It,” a refreshingly tender alt-rock effort calling to mind the same color and quick changing dynamics of OK Go. There’s finally a sweetness to the lead vocals, effectively lacing its own edge, and though the arrangement is still buzzing with rock, it’s cleaner and less in-your-face than previous tracks. Fake Blood and Real Guts ends on a neon note — a thumping indie sparkle serving as the conclusion to a lovably offbeat rock EP.