Restless Streets- In, And Of Myself

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Friday, January 11, 2013

Post hardcore and metalcore is one of those genres where it is possible to succeed with strong songwriting even if your material isn’t the most original. This is ultimately where a lot of bands fail as their hooks just don’t stand out enough to be distinguishable. Albany based group Restless Streets is right smack dab in the middle of the genre as they have the melodic guitar leads and super heavy chugging. Their debut EP In, And Of Myself is able to provide some catchy hooks but still prefers to head into the standard variations a bit too often.

In, And Of Myself starts off with the heaviest metalcore chugging possible and the guitarists employ a neat little trick to their tone that gives it a more electronic sound. It’s a small touch but it makes an immediate impression on listeners and starts the EP off strong. About halfway into the first song the chugging gives way to a melodic chorus where the sound heads into familiar post hardcore territory and the keyboard becomes a much more prominent element when this occurs. This first number may hit all of the elements listeners would expect from the two styles, but the hooks are strong and will keep them coming back. Out of the other three songs, two of them are metalcore focused while “I Just Want You Home” goes almost completely full hardcore and focuses on the melodic aspect of the band’s material. There’s potential to this type of variation, particularly towards the end of the track when some additional electronic experimentation is thrown in, but I found that the lighter sections of the band’s material just didn’t grab me as much as the heavier ones.

Restless Streets takes a bit of a kitchen sink approach to their vocals, as there are a ton of harsh and clean variants throughout the four songs on this EP. The primary style is a deep growl that is aggressive and in your face, but there are also higher pitched screams and mellow clean singing on the choruses. While it may not deviate that much from what listeners are used to in the genre, the way in which the band is able to spontaneously move between all of these pitches helps the material to not sound as generic. I wasn’t that crazy about some of the pseudo clean vocals that lead into the growls (where the two lead into each other) as they seemed slightly off, but the melodic choruses and super low growls worked quite well.

The four songs on this EP stood out the most when they upped the intensity and did some guitar tricks over top of the standard metalcore base. While the mellower post hardcore sections could use a bit more work as they don’t have the same level of hooks there is potential for the band to continue to integrate the two and find ways to make themselves further distinguishable. Restless Streets is still a decent listen for those who enjoy these genres, but I’d like to see them reach their potential and find what makes their material different.

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