When I first heard Irrational Act a few years back, I was instantly a huge fan. With their catchy one liners in a fast and steady flow to down right needed to be said messages. It was refreshing to see genuine people playing a genuine music that they whole heartedly believe in. Often they would take a super positive outlook on the whole scene and try to think out the box on ways to improve their music and shows. You would tell that these people here love what they are doing regardless of fans or elitist bullshit attitudes.
Now you know how biased I am about this band, let's review their new and supposed last EP "2 Weeks Notice" (Which didn't seem very irrational to me) .
When I first heard their new EP, I instantly recognised that this is Irrational Act! My exact thought was "Pwarhhh THAT IS Irrational Act!" The opening of the EP has everything that I think IA has to offer. Bar a bass solo.....or 2.
The song "Doesn't Really Matter" hits hard and fast in to the beginning pace of the EP. With a fantastic anthem of not being a dick. Classic IA and for me their best song on the EP.
With tonnes of NOFX, Descendants and 90s youth crew vox that I really love, Jez really has his own style of singing. Like he's taken the classic hardcore singing voice and thrown it out of the window!
Moving on through the release we arrive at a great 46 second song named "Elitist Bullshit Attitude". A cut the crap, no frills, short fast song, bring in home for the second time on this EP the message of don't be a dick.
So far, the EP has a much faster momentum than their previous releases and with perfect backing vocals to ease us smoothly through each song.
I feel that through out the EP they show us a fair few styles of hardcore but always keeping it in the IA style that they seem to have got down to a fine art now.
In between there don't be a dick messages we have a few light hearted "fuck it, we are serious but poo jokes are funny too" songs. Such as "Bus Song" and "The Shits". To give a small bit of criticism I don't feel that the "Bus Song" has a place on this EP, not really fitting in with the recording or flow of the EP. But I do know from seeing them live that it totally works as a song but for me, not so much here.
To finish up, I think this is a solid EP and maybe my favourite of their 3. Songs like Doesn't Really Matter, Elitist Bullshit Attitude, Eye to Eye and Community are just fantastic songs with excellent lyrics straight from their hearts. Its really great to see that IA have progressed so much but are able to still be the band that they first formed and keep in the same direction they wanted to move in from the beginning. This is a genuine EP and band for genuine people.
"We're all friends in our community, no gods, no masters, feel alive, how it fucking should be DIY!"
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