Sound — 8
Another prog-rock/post-hardcore band might seem like overkill by many standards, but in Pacifica's hands, the genre flourishes beyond the perimeters of their predecessors like Thursday and Circa Survive. Originating from Hawaii and migrating to Orange County, California in March 2008, the rock quintet Pacifica have self-released their new 6-track EP Transient Colors, showcasing songs that channel screamo elements in their melodic flurries like in Concatenation, and beefy pop punk grooves that excite with the pounce of a sledgehammer's weight. Lead vocalist Kika Diama has the right accoutrements to maneuver through the whip-lashing torrents of guitarists Jay Donato and John Mata, while firmly wedged by the steep slopes of bassist Ikaika Trujillo and drummer Ricky Marc Anthony Jumper. The band's fervor is ignited by a conflagration of guitar blasts lining 10 Hours In A Forest with a marauding stomp in the rhythmic knolls, as the intensity of Diama's vocals in Isolated Black Shell stir up emotions. The band shifts gears into a modern metallic rock fomenting in The Flight Of The Rabbit as Diama's vocals clench fiercely and soar over the peaks and crevasses of the rhythmic swells displaying a vocal style that is heart-felt and expressive. The band shifts once again in the epic piece for the title track, making an instrumental that is a confluence of prog-rock and aquatic shoegaze elements before returning to a metal-based rock in Hello, I'm Alive which re-configures the blustery whipping of their predecessors to their liking and measurements.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are personable and easy to relate to, often self-involved in the dilemmas that cause everyday strife and harm relationships. Their song Isolated Black Shell tells, I would do anything to get out of this place For now, I need help / Maybe you can tell / For now, I need help / I'm stuck. The words cut right to the chase and are delivered in a common language that anyone could find appealing. It really is the way that Kika Diama sings the lyrics which make them jump off the page and penetrate into the listener's thoughts.
Overall Impression — 8
Pacifica make no apologies for wanting to champion prog-rock/post-hardcore's ideals. They won the Breakthru Entertainments Battle of the Bands which gained them a sponsorship from Battlefield Custom Drums. They have also played Audio Overload and SoCal Rock Revolution Festivals, and have opened shows for Finch, Kottonmouth Kings, Lower Definition, Emery, Daphne Loves Derby to name a few. They are more than ready to emerge past their protg status. Their EP Transient Colors shows that they have the right accoutrements to keep their audiences strapped in their seats and want to keep the ride going.