Review: Reconciler "Push To Break" and Ship Thieves "Nothing Now"
Written by Cassidy Crosby
2021 started off right with punk rock from Ship Thieves and Reconciler. The bands have come together with A-F Records to release a split, featuring a single from each group. Released on January 15th, 2021, the split was mastered by Sarlacc Mastering, and is available anywhere you listen to music. Ship Thieves is led by Chris Wollard, co-frontman and guitarist of the band Hot Water Music, and Reconciler features Derron Nuhfer, who used to be in Less Than Jake and Gunmoll. This combination of artists guarantees you some great tunes.
Ship Thieves’ single “Nothing Now”, recorded by Ryan Williams at Black Bear Studio, is the first track on the split. This high energy song starts strong, with punchy drums and a driving bassline you can’t help but nod your head along to. The song’s choruses are definitely the highlight, and instantly were stuck in my head after my first listen. The instrumental walkdown complemented by Wollard’s raw, powerful vocals creates the perfect mix of melody and angst. I could definitely see this being the energetic, fast-paced song that Ship Thieves would play first at a concert. This song is a must-add to your favorite punk playlist.
Reconciler’s song “Push To Break” was recorded and mixed by the band’s own Derron Nuhfer. The track begins with a catchy guitar line that’s sure to capture your attention. As the song progresses, you can hear the band’s influence of hardcore come through in the verses, with an almost Misfits-like sound. The chorus changes feel to a more upbeat, modern punk sound that’s sure to cater to fans of all types of music. The song’s feel changes once again in the bridge, this time to a more relaxed feel, that slowly builds back up. Overall, the changing dynamics throughout this song keep me hooked and curious as to what comes next.
Ship Thieves and Reconciler are paving the way for 2021 punk, and are teasing what is to come. Ship Thieves have announced the release of their LP “Irruption”, available everywhere March 12th. This will be the band’s first full-length album in five years, and will be released on Chunksaah Records. Keep an eye out for both of these bands, and make sure to check out the rest of their music!
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