Maker: Mirrors

I recently discovered what is potentially the most amazing Tumblr blog ever: FuckYeahPop-Punk. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for pop-punk and this site is just a hothouse for finding new bands to try on for size. If you’re a fan of the genre, please check that out right now. I’ve found so many good bands over the last couple of days. One of my favorites has been the band Maker. Their album Mirrors is going to be the focal point of today’s post.

There isn’t as much out there on the Internet about this band – and their Facebook offers up little information. They’re from Massachusetts and formed in a basement there in 2007. Their music kind of gives you that vibe, especially when you hit the second track on the album, Earthquakes. I can tell from their sound that they’ve worked for what they’ve achieved. Their brand of music is a simple punk equation that all the great bands have followed: peppy-yet-rough-around-the-edges vocals, great backing guitar, drums that keep the listener’s heart beating. This five piece band has hit the nail on the head.

Tsunamis has apt lyrics for the new year occasion: Forget everything you’ve ever learned cause this year’s not gonna be like anything you ever seen, I’m not kidding, I’m not giving anything to anyone ever again. So selfish, but hey, hey, isn’t everyone else? These lyrics are smothered with guitars (finely tuned by Eric Soucy and Mickey Lebiedz) that hit the exact notes to make you feel uncomfortable and make you feel like everything’s right in the world at the same time.

What’s In Your Head is one of the strongest tracks on the album – it has a gripping intro, lyrics that you pay attention to, vocals that show emotions, and music that makes you tap your toes. Could you actually want anymore in a song?

…I’ve Been Wondering is a great ending to this album. It’s a bit more upbeat (in feeling and in music) than some of the other songs, but it’s a great semblance of everything this band is on this album. The lyrics are also something easy to relate to, which is always something important with a band. I’ve been wondering, yeah I’ve been wondering if I’m ever going to see you again. The song slowly fades out with the guitars going on, leaving a hopeful sense to the record, and leaving me wanting more.

Finding new bands is something that I have loved since I was in middle school and really first actively got into music and all its beautiful avenues. Sometimes you just need a change from the things you regularly listen to, and sometimes finding new bands means adding something new to your every day playlist. If you’re a fan of classic punk bands or newer pop-punk bands, check these dudes out. This is something I could groove with.


Key Tracks:
What’s In Your Head (track 6)
…I’ve Been Wondering (track 10)
Earthquakes (track 2)

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