The Crash Years ‘Cope’ EP review

By on February 5, 2014

The Crash Years CopeThe Crash Years Cope EP

Released: February 4, 2014

Label: Autumn + Colour

HHM Rating:

[xrr rating=8.5/10]


The piano driven, alternative rock band, The Crash Years’ newest release, Cope, is available today via Autumn + Colour. With influences like Dashboard Confessional and Augustana, the band has one goal in mind: “to change the face of the music scene by bringing back lyrically targeted music that will influence listener.” Cope proves the guys are on the right track.

As I was listening to Cope, The Crash Years took me on a journey. I felt like I was driving down a long winding road watching scenes from my past relationship with every song. “The One” and “Always Wrong” were particularly hard to relive. “I keep thinking a change of scenery will get you out of my head, but I’m wrong. I’m always wrong,” vocalist, Joel Cox, cries.

Although it’s not popular for a band to close their record with the title track, The Crash Years chose to do so. The band has found a way to express honest emotions throughout the entire album and tie them all together in “Cope,” the EP’s closing track. The lyrical work and instrumentation of the song makes “Cope” the record’s standout track. “But either way, I swear I’m learning to cope” is something we all can relate to.

Overall, Cope is a truly incredible album, filled with relatable, emotionally charged lyrics, something not seen very often in today’s industry. It was a very nice change from all the “party anthems” heard on mainstream radio today. I highly recommend giving this album a listen. It’s only February and the EP is only six songs long, but Cope is already one of my favorite records of the year.

Review by: Lisa Perez HHM

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Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.