‘Why do I feel so much doubt? Buried alive, I feel the ground, No love, I feel alone’ (That’s It For The Other One)
Omaha’s BIB return with a five-track EP follow-up to their debut full-length, 2020’s Delux. An ardent energy is riven through the record as the band successfully meld a predominantly groove-orientated, primitive-edged hardcore with more frantic eruptions. An off-kilter energy permeates every facet of the record, amplified by the delay drenched guttural vocals, manifesting itself in writhing song structures and unexpected sonic turns, such as the choral effects woven into side B opener Bitter Mind. Themes of self-reflection and self-doubt form the lyrical counterpoint to the coarsely lurching sonic battery.
BIB are back with Biblical, a new 5 song 7-inch showcasing what they are known for: frantic, keep you on your toes, but equally poetic and self-reflective, hardcore punk. Since 2015, BIB have been crafting their own vibe, perhaps symptomatic of being from Omaha and not having to adhere to any local scene weighed down by a large history. Having toured extensively across USA and Europe, BIB match their audio energy with manic shows to boot, all done the DIY way. After a demo, 2 EPs, live tape and an LP, there’s still so much to explore and show who’s boss at quick rhythm changes, unusual song structures, and dreamy soundscapes, all packing a massive punch.
Capturing Biblical was led by Arthur Rizk, a legend at the desk, and as expected it sounds huge. The tracks have a gritty feel, littered with a berserk urgency wrapped into lyrics that surround the ideas of life, death and the circle that it brings us through. Songs such as Two-Faced Planet talk about being born into a world of adversity and touches on thoughts of Location Dysphoria, when you simply feel guilty for existing, and how easily this world and the reality we are born in can be cruel and feel as if all things are working against you.
It’s Biblical, let’s go.
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