There are lots of aspects I love about local scenes, but the one I love the most probably is watching a band grow knowing their potential from the start. A few years back I caught this pop-punk band from Kettering, OH. I remember thinking to myself and maybe a friend that they were not good and sounded like a 3rd rate Blink-182. However, I knew they were young, and they would get better as time went along. Over the next few years they played Columbus more and more, slowly winning over crowds with their shows and even becoming part of our local scene, that’s how often they play Columbus, I sometimes forget they are not from here—and that’s okay.
About six months ago while watching them play it dawned on me, this is not the same band that I had gotten used to seeing. They finally had won me over, and I became excited for the release of their debut full-length.
She’s Out to Get Me starts with a banger of an Intro. It easily could just be another song, but they decided to call it an intro. And it gives you a little peek of what you are in for with this album. It has a lot of pop-punk, as they are a pop-punk band, and it has a little easycore thrown in for fun, as does a few other tracks on the release. So yeah, this intro works just fine. From there it goes to “Paranoia,” a fun little number. This is one of the tracks that has that throwback pop-punk feel. When I hear this all, I can think of is 2000-2002. Back when I think pop-punk was fun. And Blink-182 was blowing up. And every band wanted to be them. One of the best tracks on the album is a number called “Wasted Breath.” It’s on this track that we get to truly hear what David French is capable of vocally, and boy does he shine. My favorite track on the album is “Thoughts”. It is on this track that you truly hear their main influence, Blink-182. And I’m going to be honest, I love it!!!! This track has a mix of Dude Ranch and the self-titled album, my two favorite albums. The influence is uncanny: from Alex Hall’s drumming, to the bass lines of Joey Friend, to the dead-on Tom Delonge vocals. This track is pure Blink-182 worship. One of their most popular songs, “Miss Perfect” sounds good here. Sometimes I need to hear a song recorded to better get a feel for it, and this is one of those. I was hearing it live for months before I heard it recorded, and once I did it was beautiful. This is also one the songs that has an easycore part to it So, if you like your chuggy parts, this song has you covered.
If you are looking for some straight-forward, in-your-face pop-punk, then the ten tracks on the album are just what you want. This album does not disappoint. I for one am super excited about the future of this pop-punk machine. These guys are only going to get better, and that’s the scary/awesome part. They are young. So if I were you, I would jump on this “bandwagon” now, because this is a band to know.