Fleeting Youth (2016)
This record is a perplexing one to write about. On the surface it's a fast, fun and catchy record, so my natural inclination is to like it. But when I really sit and listen to it, as opposed to just having it play in the background, there are things that I don't like that really start to stand out.
To start, these guys really sound like The Marked Men. I mean they REALLY sound like The Marked Men. Considering that I bought this album based on the fact that they were compared to The Marked Men, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to be annoyed that I think they sound too much like The Marked Men, but it's a bit excessive over the course of this album. A few of the songs have a little bit of a Mean Jeans lean to them, but as a whole these guys really deliver the sound comparison that's been advertised.
The other thing that doesn't work for me is the lyrics. I'm not really a big lyrics guy. I usually only notice them when they are either really great or really bad. I'm not sure if Basketball Shorts qualify as being really bad, but they're silly enough that I take notice, and not really in a good way. Whether it's ""With knife in hand, I'll make you understand" or "When you don't scream out my name, it's such a shame" or the entire songs written about Home Alone or Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump, it's all just a bit much for me at times.
But again, I'm torn because there are some genuine toe tappers on this LP. Even while writing this review, I had the album playing in the background and when I'm not over examining it, I catch myself nodding along to the big hooks and crunchy guitars. Maybe this is one of those records that will grow on my the more I play it. Maybe I'll end up being extra annoyed after a while. I't hard to tell right now, but I can say that I this record is absolutely worth giving a play on Bandcamp. Maybe you won't mind the few things on the record that are bugging me.
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