Front man Jeremy McKinnon hasn’t sounded so angry. The Day To Remember vocalist, forms his beliefs here and bellows for a better future. Lyrically imaginative too, the new single Brick Wall from forthcoming album You’re Welcome turns up the aggression. Yes, the act has always had elements of rage in their music, those screams and roars, but Brick Wall rips through any subtlety. From the beginning the track builds up and then sparks into a raucous head banger. That chorus ramps up the pressure and the song almost explodes. It’s dramatic and infectious, pushing the instrumentals to the forefront where they belong. You’re Welcome is on course to being a pulsating monster.
Boys Of Fall – ‘’Heavy Hearts’’
Poppy elements are combined well with abrasive moments on Boys Of Fall’s new single Heavy Hearts. It’s a mixed bag here. Screams are clear, but the chorus could be perceived as being a pop punk masterstroke. The vocals surge and then become a subtle embrace. The way the band has incorporated these sounds is majestic, and it works. Many acts don’t infuse different genres, but on the evidence of Heavy Hearts, many more should take note. It’s a refreshing change. The introduction soars into a heavy sequence, triggering rage until the vocals rest, and the backbeat bolsters the contribution. Behind all the screams, sadness exudes.
Exit – ‘’Material’’
Exit is a band on the warpath and then they want to rest their heads. The New England act delivers poppy hooks and engaging stories worthy of being placed in a book describing aching love. They’re an outfit trying to mop broken glass while they to piece together hope, and it’s clear they’re hurting on new track Material. That infusion, the balance, and those peppered riffs all mix to create an invigorating pop rock sound. From the start, the song evokes atmospheric chimes, and the chorus is a contagious beam of light. Great stuff.
Bad Nerves – ‘’Terminal Boy’’
This rock song Terminal Boy is an extravagant blast. The riff will transport you into a sweaty bar maxed out with drunken sinners. Bad Nerves are the act of displaying intricate instrumental brilliance coordinated beautifully even if it is harsh. By playing their instruments to full throttle, they have created a song that will tear the face off of you if you let it. But on the flip-side, the track invigorates. It is truly magnificent in its unorthodox nature.
The Juliana Theory – ‘’Can’t Go Home’’
Lyrically impressive and infectious, Can’t Go Home by The Juliana Theory isn’t a track to dismiss. It may on the poppy side, but there’s substance. The song blends synth-laced sounds with pop hooks, and it works extremely well. The vocal work is well done also, they’re not rasping, but elegant. It is one of those songs that should be played on a road trip through the car CD player as it is atmospheric and pop infused, perfect for those sun soaked days.