Drop Off Point gets in your face with their new EP, “Bridge City Crew,” which is a total smackdown of sonic mastery. Hardcore lives, past and present in New Zealand. “Bridge City Crew” is a hell of an EP, the respect for hardcore, the musicianship, and the energy is unmatched. Drop Off Point brings the ruckus, with groovy two steps, gang chants, and breakdowns they set the pace for their contemporaries.
The first track “Rat Race” is an excellent start to an excellent album and shows you what Drop Off Point is all about. A cool little shout-out intro brings you into a groovy track that gets you bouncing and two-stepping off the rip. Guitars and vocals get the music going and you moving, carrying the whole and bringing it all up. The brisk nature of the song will have your attention from start to finish.
“People Die” the second track off “Bridge City Crew” features Mad Joe from Wisdom In Chains and this ballad-like track is one to dance to. Two steps in my living room while writing this, this song grabs you wholeheartedly. It never lets up, this is an experience in music form.
“Papamoa Alleyways” is an insane track. Drop Off Point keeps the energy going with this third track of “Bridge City Crew.” Gang chants galore on this track, you know the whole crew was there for Drop Off Point on this track. The movement, the energy, and the love of hardcore are all apparent on this track. “Papamoa Alleyways” is my favorite off “Bridge City Crew,” it’s got a feeling in this song that gets to you.
“Bridge City Crew” is the titular track and it’s a banger from start to end. It highlights the musicianship of the whole band, you can’t help be yelling out “Bridge City Crew” along with the band. This sonic masterpiece keeps you moving the whole time with its groovy guitar work, with the drums keeping it all at pace. It shows what Drop Off Point is all about and the family they have built with their “Bridge City Crew.”
The final track is “Hamtown Smakdown,” Drop Off Point gets down and dirty with this one. This is the pit song for sure. This would be the best to see live, “Smaking” your friends to this one would be an absolute utter delight. Throwing hands and enjoying the music with the crew. Drop Off Point knocks it out of the park and closes their “Bridge City Crew” EP on a high point.
“Bridge City Crew” from Drop Off Point out in New Zealand is an excellent album and it was a pleasure to review. These guys are worth keeping an eye on. They are keeping hardcore alive out there, and with bands like this, it will never die. Keep it up, gents.
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