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Review: Serpico – We Can Rebuild [EP]

Review: Serpico – We Can Rebuild [EP]

WeSaySo Records | "...a concise and confident 5-track release; fuses Alkaline Trio's punk snappiness with Avenged Sevenfold's showmanship"

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire June 11th, 2013.

Serpico list themselves as punk-metal and that's exactly the sound that emanates from the quintet's new EP We Can Rebuild. Founded in Edinburgh in 2005 but now based in the country's capital, the band who are completed by frontman Mikey Serpico, lead guitarist Matt Reeves, guitarist Rom Antunes, bassist Ash Porter and drummer Karl Anns, fuse Alkaline Trio's punk snappiness with Avenged Sevenfold's metallic showmanship... and it's actually a really enjoyable combo. One that’s already seen them play the UK’s legendary Download Festival in 2009 and tour with the likes of Aiden, Black Stone Cherry and Wednesday 13. Since then they’ve had a little member re-shuffle and now, with the help of ex-Elliot Minor singer/musician Alex Davies, have got a concise and confident 5-track release that represents a fresh start for the band.

Opener "No Time For Heroes" begins with a dramatic string intro before erupting into a riotous yet hugely melodic punk-rock force complete with "Woah-oh!" refrains. "Nothing Left" continues the party with more catchy vocal melodies and a notably sweet guitar solo; it's like someone got out the beer kegs, invited Papa Roach over and then preceded to plug 2,000 volts into them. A revitalised cover of Irish alt-metallers Therapy? and their 1993 track "Screamager," sees them go into Offspring surf-punk territory with short sharp riffs and stabbing lyrical retorts. Whereas "What Have I Become" and the title-track take a leaf out of Black Veil Brides' book with gang-chanting, cocky guitar soloing and fist-pumping rock n roll.

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When a band only has a few tracks to get your attention, there's obviously less time to impress and get across who you are (as well of course leaving the listener interested and wanting more). Serpico have no worries in that department as they have a clear identity and sound like they know exactly what they want. There's a lot to like on We Can Rebuild if you like your rock up-tempo, punk-infused and with a layer of unashamed cheesy goodness that you can shout along to in your car with your buddies.

We Can Rebuild is out now.

Catch Serpico on the following live dates:
  • 4th July - Underworld, Camden London
  • 5th July - Eddie's Rock Club, Birmingham
  • 7th July - Bannerman's, Edinburgh
(w/Throw the Goat, Bastard Sons & Spirits)

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