Days of the Old, the first track on the album, drew me in to the album, Shh. Just Go With It. The music is upbeat and peppy rock, but not so hard that I feel angry. Wikipedia tells me they’ve been on tour with bands like Hit The Lights and The Maine, and I can definitely see that fitting. They really remind me of Hit The Lights, in a good way.
Where Were You? has some great lyrics that would be perfect to sing in the car on a long road trip. These five guys shine on this track, and it’ll probably end up being my favorite. I feel it in my bones.
Slowing it down, the band goes for Think of You later (Empty Room) with reckless abandon. Or, maybe not that dramatic, but it’s definitely a slower song than it’s three predecessors. David Ryan Strauchman has a great voice to front a pop-punk band. I can get behind his tone and the things he does with the vocal chords he was given.
My favorite track has a rival in A Story to Tell Your Friends. Not only is this a great title, the lyrics fit with the title and make for a great song lyrically as the band writes about the hardships of relationships while being in a band. “Don’t go away again, I wanna be more than a phone call at four a.m.” kind of tipped me off to the general theme. The more I listen to this band, the more they remind me of Hit The Lights.
This band has a real knack for lyrics. Wikipedia tells me that before they signed to Fearless Records in 2007, Jimmie Deeghan joined the band after their previous guitarist left (after he got a film making scholarship!) and became a principal songwriter. I didn’t hear the band before this change, but I’m going to say this was an awesome turn of events cause this band can really write a song – musically and lyrically. The songs don’t sound like the same song over and over, and the lyrics aren’t dull and/or just about failed/failing relationships. Take a Step Back is about not letting anyone get you down, and taking a step back to look at the big picture instead of getting discouraged.
This is a really solid album, especially for it to be the first full-length disc from this band. I’m impressed. And choosing the key tracks to this one is going to be hard.
A Story To Tell Your Friends (track 5)
Where Were You? (track 3)
Chasing the Night (track 11)