Written by: Ryder Bott
Despite the fact that it comes out this year, Toronto-based hard rock band Last Bullet’s new extended play, “80-69-64” sounds as if it were recorded at the same time as Guns ‘n’ Roses’ or AC/DC’s work in the 1970s and 1980s.
The EP characterizes itself with a driving energy throughout the album. Simple, but effective, drumbeats provide an uncomplicated and sturdy foundation for powerful guitar work, evocative of so many classic groups but with an attitude all their own. The lyrics bring to mind the fragility of life, and the partying lifestyle of a rocker on the road.
On the surface, the EP is a celebration of the rocker’s lifestyle: to live each day as if it were one’s last, and enjoy the company one can get. However, about half the songs discuss a different handful of topics: that time is fleeting, that the actions one take will come back to them, and that everyone dies in the end.
The opening song, “Sin” describes the feeling that everyone will die and life amounts to no more than the trouble one can get up to while they live; while, “Gimme Time” continues that theme with the subject of searching for revenge. The third song, “Bright Lights” is about the feeling of waking up after playing a show the previous night and partying to celebrate, and then having to get back on the road to do it all again. Yet, it follows up with musings on what that lifestyle can do to an individual: to start causing life to blur together and, as the song says, “lose count of the days.”
The next song, “Southern Lips” describes itself by its title: the thrill of a partner in passion. Returning to the mortality angle, “Smoke and Ashes” is a dark statement that in the end, violence rules and lives will fall to it. The final song, “Little Miss Filthy” returns to the subject sung about in “Southern Lips,” which is, once again, the thrill of a partner in passion. The album’s sound is evocative of an older era, but the lyrics bring to mind topics that seem timeless: passion, death, violence, revenge, and when coupled with the rock sound, offers a dark and intriguing view on life.