I think I'm going to knock out the 3 new Matthew Melton related 7"s that I recently picked up from Southpaw records. I'll start up with the Warm Soda one. I was relieved to have been able to pick up a copy on the limited to 100 blue vinyl. My understanding is those sold out pretty quick. While I'm not sure either song is as good as anything from the most recent Warm Soda full length, it's still a fun little 7".
"Renegade Mode" is upbeat with a little dash of synthy keyboard lead. It's not the octave rock party that that their full length Symbolic Dream was, but it still keeps the music catchy and the vocals breathy. The song was originally available on a split cassette that the band sold on a tour, so it's nice to have the tune committed to wax.
On the B-side we have a completely new song, "No Place To Fall." I can't say I'm as big of a fan of this one. It's built primarily on low key drums and bass, with a smattering of guitar accenting here and there in the verse. The chorus sounds much fuller than the skeletal verse, but in general this feels very much like the kind of song that would have come out in the 80's. It's not really my thing as I prefer when Melton & co keep things fast and loose.
Oh, in other news and if you care at all, I just posted a news update about PopKid records on the PopKid website. So give it a look if you can. Or don't if you can't. Your call: http://www.popkid.com
Warm Soda - "Renegade Mode":