It's Alive (2014)
I didn't actually order this 7", but it was thrown in with a batch of LPs I got from It's Alive Records. I'm still working my way through those LPs, but I figured I'd give this freebee a spin to see how it is. It's not all that good really.
I like pop punk, I really do. It's not cool, it's a dinosaur of another era, but it's always been something that I like. That being said, I don't like boring generic pop punk. You need to be doing something interesting to keep me hooked. Super clever lyrics, good production, interesting riffs...these are all things that I like. Sadly, Pool Party employs none of them.
I knew from the moment the first song "Born To Lose" started up that this was probably going to be average since they immediately break into the same chord progression used on the Squirtgun song "Social" and about ten thousand other songs. We then move on through 4 songs worth of 3 chord uninspired pop punk. The lyrics aren't so good either. I think they're trying to be witty; but it's not really working out.
This is a rare misstep for It's Alive record for me. I'm digging all of the LPs I ordered and going back many years I've bought an awful lot of records from them. But Pool Party is destined to be filed away and either not listened to again or sent away to someone else if I end up mailing out some records.
Pool Party - Born To Lose 7":