Dallas, TX punk act Offended By Everything just released their label debut for Standby Records, an EP called Evergreen. Led by vocalist Zak Howe and guitarist Jarrett Adlof, blazing guitar riffs and intense vocals are clearly the band’s strength. That’s not to undervalue the powerful drums of Josh Sparkowich and bass of Andrew Zempke, but Howe and Adlof really push things musically with Offended By Everything, especially on this EP.
Evergreen has a few solid things going for it. First, it’s not overproduced. The music sound well thought out and it’s produced well, but instead of making sure every riff and note is perfect, there’s more of an organic focus on songs like “You Call It Normal, I Call It Monotony” and “The First Time.” Even though none of the songs are overproduced, the intros on them are all exceptional. On the previously mentioned songs, the intensity is set in the first five seconds and then they never really lose it. “Evergreen” is an acoustic rocker that plays tremendously. It’s relatable on a lyrical level and musically it’s just a beautiful song.
Offended By Everything’s second EP is it’s best work to date. It’s a perfect timestamp of where the band is at and it’s an even better peek to what they can be. The music is solid, the vocals are good, and the songwriting is heartfelt and astute. Look out for more from Offended By Everything in the future.