Pay No Respect - Hope For The Hopeless

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Pay No Respect have been gaining recognition from within the hardcore scene through relentless touring over the past few years. Through their passionate live shows they have gained an impressive reputation within the hardcore masses and are building up a loyal fan base. They recently ventured back into the studio and the result is a new four track EP, Hope For The Hopeless. We also had a chat with Dan from the band, read the interview here

The last twelve months may turn out to be the most important in Pay No Respect's career to date. It has seen them join the In At The Deep End label and bring in Jack Price as the second guitarist joining existing members Joe Kenney on vocals, Dan Kenney on guitar, Luke Raggat on bass and Guy Smith on drums.  This change has had an immediate effect bringing a greater depth to the band's music. It has moved the band from a pure, pounding hardcore style to having a more melodic and rhythmic sound that will make it much easier for those who aren't typical hardcore fans to get into.

Don't get me wrong though, this is heavy. The three new songs, Hope For The Hopeless, One Chance and Face Defiance, follow in the style of their previous albums, but offer more than the anger that was on show before. The improved songwriting is evident on the song One Chance, which is fast paced yet melodic and clearly showcases the strength of having two guitarists working in unison. The song also carries a very positive message in it's lyrics, strongly promoting an important mentality of 'don't give up' throughout. Vocally Joe Kenney has not changed and for good reason, his powerful growl is even more suited to this updated style. 

The songwriting on Hope For The Hopeless as a whole comes across as being much more accomplished. Having Oz Craggs from Feed The Rhino producing the EP will have undoubtedly helped the band and hopefully given them some ideas for the future. Overall, whilst this is still Pay No Respect, it is a much improved Pay No Respect. If they can follow this up with a full length album of the same quality they should be able to break away from the pack.

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