Five songs of unbridled fury, Amber Pacific mix the sheer power of Billy Talent and Yellowcard along with the musicianship of A Wilhelm Scream and The Movielife. â€œFading Daysâ€ starts off with â€œThoughts Before Meâ€, a track fueled on by a chord progression on the guitar and Mattâ€™s vocals, which provide a third way between the screeching guitars and the splashy high hat of the drums. In a track that has more the level of catchiness of a Senses Fail track, Amber Pacific show that they can do no wrong. The recording level is perfect, and Martinâ€™s mastering allow for the slightest bit of weakness to show on Matt and Willâ€™s vocals. Slowly opening the pivot track, â€œThe Last Timeâ€, Amber Pacific makes their impassioned plea to the masses of their listeners, all while still pleasing those individuals who are listening for the arrangement. While â€œThe Last Timeâ€ is not as radio-friendly as the previous tracks, Amber Pacific change up the general sound while still keeping a common thread which thrives in â€œThe Last Timeâ€.
The bass, played by Greg, makes its first true entry on â€œThe Last Timeâ€, with its previous lack of presence being practically the only weakness to be found on the EP. â€œLetters of Regretâ€ is another track that is not immediately able to have a singalong with, but showcases the same musical ability that the rest of the tracks on â€œFading Daysâ€ has. The disc ends with the extremely emotive â€œHere We Standâ€, opening up with a guitar and Mattâ€™s impassioned pleas. â€œHere We Standâ€ is a sit around the campfire, clap and sing type of song that simultaneously reaches everyone in the audience while causing them to unconsciously mouth the words.
Amber Pacific is finally getting the recognition that they deserve, being tapped to be on the Burnout 3 game soundtrack, and this EP is a perfect showcase for their extreme talent. Expect Amber Pacific to be the new buzzword of late 2004 and 2005, maybe even crossing over to a larger degree than Yellowcard did last year. The strains of the acoustic guitar on the final track of â€œFading Daysâ€ is the perfect cap to a summer that saw Amber Pacific gain legions of new fans on the Warped Tour, and â€œFading Daysâ€ itself is one of the best EPs out this year, only being surpassed by the Descendentâ€™s â€œMericanâ€ EP.
Top Track: Thoughts Before Me
Amber Pacific â€“ Fading Days / 2004 Hopeless Records / 5 Tracks / http://www.amberpacific.com / http://www.hopelessrecords.com /