*This review was composed by Donald Wagenblast and edited by Erik van Rheenen
Always known as the side project of its primary members (Tim Landers of Transit and Brad Wiseman of now-defunct This Time Next Year), Misser has been an interesting band to follow. The budding careers of both members’ original bands always seemed to impede the progress of the band ever finishing a release.
And then in 2012, the band’s first full-length Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going to be a Better Person was released, and the hype around the band grew at an unexpectedly high rate. This hype turned into touring with The Wonder Years and unending questions about what kind of commitment Landers and Wiseman would make to Misser. The answer has arrived swiftly and in the form of the band’s new EP, Distancing.
The EP begins with the loud, aggressive “Goddamn, Salad Days,” and the track really encompasses what Misser is all about. Landers and Wiseman trade off lines, while the chorus is loud and catchy, and the guitars are always a highlight. The band’s lyrics have a bit of youthful arrogance to them, laced with profanity and anger.
Distancing begins to distance itself from its full-length predecessor immediately, as “Goddamn, Salad Days” is a sonic polar opposite from Every Day’s hazy, slow opener “Permanently.” Thematically, Every Day… was an album about missing a significant other on the road, Distancing seems to be an EP about that relationship ending. From the sound of it, the break-up wasn’t pretty.
Take the chorus from “Burn Out,” where Wiseman sings, “No one’s gonna save me now / like a spark, we were meant to burn out.” The anger is peppered thickly across each track, most notably on “Alone, Die” with repeated assertions from both Landers and Wiseman that, “You’re gonna die alone.”