'Let's go somewhere else' by Hit the B Button is the follow up EP to their 2016 'To Water on Mars' EP. That was definitely something of note, with echoes of early Coheed and Cambria (particularly the second stage turbine blade). 2 years on, it is time to dive in and see what (if anything has changed).
Produced by Rocky O'Reilly at start together studios and featuring Dick Valentine of Electric Six fame on a track 191so Bad it's good) the expectations are high. And for the most part they do not disappoint. Subjectively considering the 2016 EP there were moments which could definitely have been tightened up, and occasionally you could have argued that some guitar tones were a touch shrill (most complaints were purely subjective). That being said, it was a very ambitious EP and definitely a unique sound within the Irish music scene that was well conceived and definitely well received.
Happily then 'Let's go somewhere else' is a marked step up in almost every area. The production 'complaints' you could argue previously are not there. The bass and drums remain remarkably tight and provide an equally solid and yet intricate root for the rest of the band to play on. With this style of music, this cannot be underappreciated as any lacking in this department can ruin the complexity of the arrangement. The guitars are full, and varied in tone and dynamic much more than previously outings and it definitely adds weight to the production as a whole. There is a stand out moment in 'Antz with a 'Z' like the movie' that echoes this point particularly well where the bass and drums are engaged in a beautifully complex arrangement with the 2 guitars playing off one another to create a purely dystopian timbre before coming back in with big chords, solid beat and and vocal round to see out the song.
The 4 tracks are all worthy of a listen, there is no filler in this whatsoever, which one would expect with a 4 track EP. Again, this is a very hard band to pin down to genre, there are hints of about 10 in there. There are pop hooks, emo lyrics, borderline prog rhythm elements on occasion. If you only had 20 second snippets across the 16 minutes of the songs you could make comparisons to many different bands and styles. Bottom line, this is far more complex than a first listen allows you to hear. There are pace changes, even within repeated sections, there are full blown four on the floor sections mixed with off beat diminished minor sequences that sit somewhere between late beatles and the shrink and grow sections of dream theater.
This is definitely NOT an EP you will enjoy if you listen exclusively to TOP 40 music, you won't understand it. What this is in full is a beautiful mess, if you follow. It has a depth in its musicality, a lot of complex attributes that on occasion seem to be at odds with one another but serve to create the unique quality that make these songs better with every listen.
In conclusion, 'Let's go somewhere else' is an expected progression from the bands previous work. The complexity, and ambition, has been retained, if not expanded on. However the production is definitely up a significant notch and makes this a much more accessible and enjoyable listen. Definitely worth a listen, if you have not heard these guys before, you should get started.