By Sean McCall | Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Out of the Picture is an EP by regrown from Voorhees Township, NJ. The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Ben Greenblatt, guitarist/vocalist Kyle Lloyd, bassist Chris Panto, and drummer Jake Morrell. The EP was recorded by Peter Delbuono and released January 4th, 2018. Regrown is an emo rock band, and their music shines in this genre; especially when you see them live. The record, Out of the Picture, opens with the intro track, “Woofus,” which sets the mood perfectly. It’s a simply catchy 6/8 jammer. The lyrics are vague, yet relatable, which grabs my attention. It ends with “I don’t want to feel like this… I’ll never win” and immediately transitions into the record's title track, “Out of the Picture.” This song, in particular, gives me “Sasha” by Turnover kind-of-vibes -- that general era of music. The theme seems to focus on losing the connection with someone who is very important to you and struggling to cope. They end the song with “I hope you’re okay” multiple times and close off with “cause I’m not okay,” which is a beautiful selfless lyric.
The third song, “February, or How,” brings back that 6/8 rock-n-roll kind of energy. The song seems to focus on falling out of love and how messy that can be, as well as the hardships of making mistakes and accepting them. This is another simple, and catchy, song that’s very easy to listen to. Later on in the song, the energy picks up and changes to a 4/4 fast-paced closing after repeating, “I won’t say I miss you…I swear to god I once loved you,” which is a very raw and honest lyric.
The closing song on the record, “Chuck Coleman Sesh Interruption,” gets a bit more aggressive and energetic. This song is one of my personal favorites. The music itself reminds me of “Young States” by Citizen. I believe this song continues the theme of coping with a break-up and how badly that can toy with your emotions. The ending of this song features a music almost-breakdown, which closes out the record perfectly.
Overall, regrown is a very energetic band that I’d highly recommend seeing live. Their combinations of singers mesh very well and create beautiful melodic hooks while holding very high energy. I’m very excited to watch this band grow and keep on creating genuine songs.