– Your Favorite Weapon
by Scott Slapp
If I never hear another “pop-punk” cd,
I’ll be a happy camper. Let’s face it, the pop-punk thing has been way
over saturated and what’s worst is it does seem to even have the mild diversity
that mallcore had. (notice I speak of mallcore in the past tense, that
might be presumptuous on my part but I think that trend is on its last
legs). One reason the market may be overblown with pop-punk is because
it really does take much to put one of these groups together and throw
out an album of the same ol’ same ol’ that Drive-Thru pushed down our throats
last week, last month and last year.
The reader needs to know the mindset of
this reviewer and my opinions of the whole pop-punk trend before reading
my take on this CD.
The music: Pretty much standard pop-punk
but with a little more dynamics that make it closer to punk than the incessant
strumming of a single chord that most pop-punk bands use. No Blink-182
pop being disguised as punk here. Ok, they do fall for the pop-punk clichés
but mix it up a little.
The vocals: It has the patented sing through
your nose quality about it. Nothing really distinct here to set this band
apart from thousands of other pop-punk groups.
The melodies: Here is where this band breaks
a bit with the pack. Instead of ever song sounding like a rehashing of
the same theme, these guys actually break it up a bit and try new things.
The best moment here come with the ballad “Mix Tape” where they have to
break out of the box because you can’t rely on the standard pop-punk chords
here. Even when the song breaks into the heavy stuff they don’t fall into
the typical pop-punk thing.
The deal: Brandnew, aren’t really anything
new. On the other hand, Brandnew isn’t exactly a clone of the typical pop-punk
band either and the song writing is a notch above the competition with
enough of an eye towards melody making to catch people attention. Pop-punk
fans should find this disc enjoyable but it might not be punk enough for
hardcore punk purists. A worthy effort that is worth checking out
if pop-punk is your thing.
– Your Favorite Weapon
The Shower Scene
Jude Law And A Semester Abroad
Sudden Death In Carolina
Failure By Design
Last Chance To Lose Your Keys
Logan To Government Center
The No Seatbelt Song
Seventy Times 7
Soco Amaretto Lime
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