Bug Seance provides a carefree, melancholic and youthful blend of hardcore punk and emo in their latest EP Erasing. The Portland four-piece provides an energetic combination of propulsive riffs and vocals, jazzy math-rock flourishes and highly emotional lyricism in this brilliant first offering. This EP reminds me of being young and full of promise, channeling the exuberance of youth while facing your own weaknesses and vulnerabilities head on with eardrum-smashing rock. It’s the kind of music you’d love to share with your friends, knowing that they’d love it while being sure they’ve never heard of it before. Waiting for the moment the band comes around in your town to catch them live in someone’s basement or parking lot along with some other sweaty kids.
For the opening track, Bug Seance starts with a scathing essay on the scene with: “’Real Emo’ only consists of the dc Emotional Hardcore scene and the late 90’s Screamo scene. What is known by “Midwest Emo” is nothing but Alternative Rock with questionable real emo influence”. Yes, that’s the title. Controversial opinion aside, this track has some great crunky riffs and heartfelt vocals. The band displays their sensitivity with fists up and their teeth bared, ready to strike at any moment. “Best Rapper” is the highlight of the EP. An explosive love song that’s full of yearning and sincerity, with singable melodies that could definitely be a crowd-pleaser. Elsewhere, “Lake Oswego” is an alt-rock song full of 90’s nostalgia. With fun hooks and relentless energy, this song about going out to adventures with friends can make anyone go itching for their next road trip or summer vacation. The solemn bridge and crescendo into the outro gives it an even better dimension, like going home from an intense bout of partying.
The EP ends with “Credits, Pt. 2”. A slow burn and their most intimate song yet. The band presents their brand of lung-busting emo with strong explosive moments and great soft/ loud dynamics. Pouring in all of their emotions displaying all of their chops as musicians. Fun yet very moving.
I’m gonna go on a limb and guess that you’ve never heard of Bug Seance before. If you’re looking for a good blast of loud emo, Erasing is one you should check out. Clocking in at around 13 minutes, this tight collection of bangers is something that doesn’t disappoint.