Duck Duck Goose - Off Yourself EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Duck Duck Goose are a five-piece band from Barstow, California. Their sound, well, not many people know what genre best represents them, but experimental/screamo seems to be fitting for this particular EP. Off Yourself is their latest effot, an 8(-ish) track EP that packs one hell of a punch and an almighty kick to the crown jewels.
How is it?
It is a fantastic EP. Fans of noisy unorthodox bands like Heavy Heavy Low Low and The Jonbenet will enjoy this EP from start to finish. The EP begins with a slow introduction song ''Documenting Disappointment,'' informing the listener about a possible relationship gone wrong. This goes into the high energy ''Shitstorm.'' The spitfire track starts off with vocalist David Ribera yelling out ''My hands are pitch forks, they stab what I touch!'' One the EP's most standout tracks has to be ''I Came, Come.'' Ribera displays his unique range well in the track with impressive highs and lows. Musically, the song is very reminiscent of several Heavy Heavy Low Low songs, but Duck Duck Goose manage pull off a flavor of their own on the track as well.
The out of this world (see what I did there?) ''Cosmic Kidnappers'' features spazzy guitar work and impressive drumming by the band, as Ribera yells and screams the bizarre lyrics to the listener. The song also features a short, but sweet acoustic jam titled ''Cloud Cruiser,'' which gives us a breather before Duck Duck Goose ignites the flames on Off Yourself once again. ''Fire Trucks On Fire'' is quite possibly the EP's most aggressive and in your face track. It features an insanely heavy breakdown towards the end of the song, with Ribera screaming ''Fuck life! We never wanted this. Fuck life! I know we wanted this.'' You'll want to get up out of your seat and break every single thing you own in your bedroom, or your friend's bedroom, breaking your own stuff wouldn't be fun at all.
''Pollution People'' is the final track off of the Off Yourself EP and it makes an excellent closer for it. It features more spazzy guitar work and overall top notch instrumentation by the band, Friend of the band and frontman of another, Heavy Heavy Low Low vocalist Robbie Smith lends his distinct vocals to the song. Ribera and Smith's unique voices blend well together (as if it wasn't expected to happen in the first place), amending the song even further.
Music snobs of the world, I advise you to make a left turn, as this band's music may not be for you since it lacks a lot of electronic sounds and distorted mumbly vocals. For all the open minded folks out there, I suggest you give this band a listen if you have yet to do so. Take a break from all the scenecore and repetitive pop punk and dive into something not as predictable and boring as those two genres. Duck Duck Goose is a band you should be on the look-out for, because I can only see this band getting better and better. Everything looks good from here.