Sydney, Australia’s Rex Banner have singlehandedly regenerated my enthusiasm for Lifetime-influenced melodic hardcore. Similar to the sort of reaction I had when my friend passed me a dubbed tape of Lifetime’s Hello Bastards many years ago, Rex Banner’s debut EP, The Good Times Are Killing Me, has thus far illicited similar sentiments (yes, it may just be that good).
Riding a wave of pre-release hype (what doesn’t in this day and age?), the band’s sound has been labeled (to a certain extent by New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik, but mostly by themselves) as ‘Lifetime squared,’ and as silly as it sounds, it’s more than accurate. Vocally they remind me more Continue reading