Ep Review: Hidden In Plain View - 'Tantrums'

Updated: Sep 8

New Jersey pop-punk/emo/post-hardcore band Hidden In Plain View returns and self-releases creatively refreshing and honest new EP Tantrums.

Since 2005 Hidden In Plain View have been known for their dynamic multi-genre approach to the genre. Blending pop-punk, emo, alternative, and post-hardcore soundscapes, the New Jersey natives have stood out in the scene for their vocal trade-offs and infectious harmonies between vocalist Joe Reo and Rob Freeman. Since their 2007 album, Resolution, the pop-punk luminaries have spent the last seven years carefully curating their genuine and energetic sound into a new mature sound with their new EP, Tantrums.

""Wildfire" is another gem on this EP that shines brilliantly. "Wildfire" is a standout track on the EP; it demonstrates not only growth but also a technically sound band that has put in the work to create songs that will stick with you for a very long time. "Wildfire" is filled with head-swaying guitar patterns and addictive song lyrics that will make you come back to the song after the EP is finished."

Tantrums starts with a post-melodic hardcore-driven moment, "Temper." With riffs and percussive energies that are catchy and vigorously sound, "Temper" shows from the beginning that they have gone beyond their comfort zone to explore new time signatures and song structures. Known for their lyrical meditations throughout their memorable instrumental melodies, "Tempers" puts us in a good spot for the rest of the EP experience.

"Wildfire" is another gem on this EP that shines brilliantly. "Wildfire" is a standout track on the EP; it demonstrates not only growth but also a technically sound band that has put in the work to create songs that will stick with you for a very long time. "Wildfire" is filled with head-swaying guitar patterns and addictive song lyrics that will make you come back to the song after the EP is finished.

The instrumental and lyric work on this EP continues to be the main showpiece as "Poison Ivy" takes centerstage just before reaching the end of Tantrums. Punchy and filled with nostalgic pop-punk beatitude, Hidden In Plain View continues to show their instrumental prowess and how their creative freedom has paid off.

The EP concludes with an atmospheric and denuded experience, "Tailor Made." A slower change of pace compared to the rest of the efforts on the EP, it's a pained yet beautiful way to end an enjoyable listening experience. Tantrums shows a revivifying and authentic sound for today's scene while staying true to the roots they built since their first album, Life In Dreaming. While it may have taken seven years to create Tantrums, what manifested was a solid effort showing staying power for the band moving forward.




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