Rainer Maria, Ears Ring EP

Pat Downy

By Pat Downy

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

These three raucous numbers from emo stalwarts Rainer Maria are proof that high emotion doesn't necessarily lead to low volume. Vocalist Caithlin De Marrais has a tough, nervy voice, and Ears Ring finds them managing a melodic sensibility absent from their earlier work. "Automatic" is a revved-up pop number anchored in a sturdy bassline and searing riffs and the title track has De Marrais howling "have faith" against a storm of guitars.