On 2011’s Weather The Storm, Brooklyn, NY’s Man The Change proved they were a solid melodic hardcore/pop punk amalgam. Sounding so expertly precise, it was a wonder just how wet-behind-the-ears Man The Change really were at the time. But, while Weather The Storm’s sound was to be admired there was an overwhelming sense of promise of what was yet to come from the band. So, it was with great anticipation that earlier this year the band released a three song stopgap EP entitled Faded. On Faded, the growth was abundantly clear. Hooks were razor sharp and the band’s chops had grown exponentially. In short, Man The Change were clearly set to take their brand of hardcore up a notch.
Fast forward to November and Man The Change has officially answered the bell with the release of their new EP, Defeated. Partnering with upstart local punk label, Hooked On Records, Man The Change unleashes six songs that promise to be the band’s greatest work yet. The trademark sound remains but has been furthered once again. On Defeated Man The Change come out of the gates swinging and don’t hint at letting up for a second. Starting to build their own unique identity and sound within these often bloated genres, Man The Change show off a stronger sense of songwriting that only comes with experience and maturity. Man The Change have quickly separated themselves from the cookie cutter bands of the scene. This is melodic hardcore for the love of it and that shines through brightly on Defeated. The intensity and musicianship have been ratcheted up as the lyrics cut deeper and the arrangements are more distinct and memorable. This is the sound of purity and purpose. Defeated is anything but; triumphant is more like it.