A hard-edged amplitude dominates the message from Safety during Greetings from the Sunshine State. Heavy duty guitar work and driving rhythms are the order of the day. There is little doubt a passionate undercurrent flows through the songs on Greetings from the Sunshine State. Yet, this merely marks the beginning of the music and the story.
Available Mar. 19, 2021 on the Jetsam-Flotsam label, pre-order purchasers of Greetings from the Sunshine State immediately receive two songs from the EP. The first, “Song of the Night Gator,” starts off with guitar feedback and a powering beat. The 1:45 cut demonstrates how Safety often straddles a line between post-punk and hardcore expressiveness. A particular directness and accessibility packed with intensity provides listening excitement. The drumming, unrelenting, keeps the blood flowing as the band’s vocals add a final touch of personality. At :56, the time signature slows before picking up again, inserting an inventive touch to the arrangement. A reference to the EP’s title, “Song of the Night Gator” is a punk-rocking, hardcore cut worthy of attention.
The second song, “Spanish Moss,” is saturated with more of a rock style. In other ways, the tempo, rhythm and guitars suggest a power pop hashtag. Still, the 3:46 track is charged with edginess and originality. The vocals, rhythm section and guitar play have a cadenced delivery with ample emphasis of distinction. There is probably no other way to listen to Surety other than with the volume turned up loud. The bigger the speakers the better, but the collection works well through most any listening device. Friends and fans also can purchase a digital download of the Greetings from the Sunshine State cover, offered on Bandcamp and sent through the mail as a physical postcard.
A family-owned and independent record label, Jetsam-Flotsam, based in Cary, Illinois, is all about punk-rock music and much more. The pre-order sales of Greetings from the Sunshine State EP, minus the shipping, are donated to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s Fines And Fees Program. According to the association’s mission statement, “FRRC is a grassroots, membership organization run by Returning Citizens (Formerly Convicted Persons) who are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions.” Where Florida intersects with Illinois seems like a nice place, thanks to the Jetsam-Flotsam label.
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