The Restless Habs have been playing their style of Rust Belt power punk for over five years and show no signs of taking it easy. Peter Woodward (vocals, guitar), Ken Blaze (vocals, bass) and Tim Babcock (drums) are a seasoned crew that took their years of band experience and constructed a bulletproof sonic machine. “No Way To Hide Your Tracks,” their fourth self-produced EP release, is a relentless dose of Midwest / Great Lakes rock, with hook-laden power chords and high energy that doesn’t let up.
Starting off with the roaring barrage of “Ragged” and straight through into “Bully For You”, each song is smothered in heavy pop-punk chords that recall of the focused rhythmic strumming of Bob Mould and Hüsker Dü. They attack all five tracks with solid intensity that leaves little room to catch your breath. Compared to their last release, “Stripsearching Your Diary“, Restless Habs expanded their signature sound with an overall faster tempo and more upbeat riffs similar to their So-Cal influences like Bad Religion and The Descendants. “B-Ware” is a distorted, hard-hitting triumph that still finds space in the bridge for a catchy single string solo flowing over the steady bass and rumbling floor tom breakdown. Every song is a great example of Peter and Ken’s solid ability to craft furious guitar hooks and vigorous vocal harmonies into superb radio-ready anthems.
You can catch their next show on March 28rd at The Five O’Clock Lounge in Lakewood with post-punk provocateurs False Flag. Their CD release show for “No Way To Hide Your Tracks” will be on April 17th at the Spitfire Saloon in Cleveland with guests Leaveland and The Long Knives from Pittsburgh. For more details, check out the Blown Speakers Events Calendar.
Photo by Pete Nezovich. Video by LESS Productions.