Salt Lake City rock band the Departure bring to mind many under-appreciated emo/rock bands of the early to mid-2000s, such as Plans For Revenge, A Small Victory, and Away From Here—bands that were creating content on par with genre frontrunners but never got the notice they deserved, despite small runs on the Vans Warped Tour and the like. The Departure feels similar in that way, but in this day and age—with the force of the internet and word of mouth being stronger than ever—they have the potential and the material to back up what’s sure to be a much more successful career than those aforementioned acts that fizzled out early.
The young five-piece’s newest effort, titled Gateways, is a seven-track EP that sounds like it was dug up from a lost 2003 tape that was shelved for one reason or another. This might sound like a slight to some, but I mean this in the best way possible. With long-lost scene favorites popping up for reunions left and right and nostalgia wafting around like vape clouds, this sound is being welcomed with open arms. Taking cues from the best of those early aughts pioneers, the Departure show a lot of promise. Listen through their Gateways EP below to hear for yourselves.
Visit the band’s website for more information.