Monday 10 September 2012

I Call Fives - Someone That's Not You 7"

Time for a bit of pop-punk, everybody loves a bit of pop-punk, especially me. This 7" was released in March, but I Call Fives, through Pure Noise Records. I Call Fives hail from Washington Township, New Jersey and have been making a bit of a name for themselves, amongst the latest wave of US pop-punk bands to pogo out of the undergrowth.

This 7" features four tracks.

1. Something That's Not You
2. Backup Plan
3. Lakeview
4. How's It Gonna Be

Even though summer has virtually gone, you can still think back to good memories with music like this. I Call Fives do really well to capture that kind of vibe with their sound, which is melodic pop punk with weighty riffs and feel good harmonies. The drumming is on the pacey side, which anchors the rest music down well. The hardcore inspired vocals that appear from time hint at a harder edge, during the title track, which opens things up and it's that mixture of soft and hard which holds I Call Fives above the baying pack.

I really like what Pure Noise Records are doing at the moment, releasing good quality punk that definitely fills a gap in terms of what's around now. I Call Fives are a prime example of what's been missing over the last few years, especially with the demise of key labels like Drive-Thru Records.

Backup Plan is a great anthem for the teenage summers that we've all had. Lakeview is an acoustic delight, with different vocals textures, proving that I Call Fives are really accomplished songwriters. It may be a cliché, but unplugged songs have a place on any punk release.

They end on a high note, with How's It Gonna Be, which strikes me as a ballad of sorts. This song accentuates the production qualities on this record. The vocals are clean but have enough grit in them not to sound forced or faked. The musicianship is simple but very effective and they leave you in a happy mood, which is all you can ask for really. It's certainly worth picking up the 7" for these four songs.

If you're a fan of pop punk you could do far worse than pick this record up. Even if you're not, you'll find things to like.

The 7" is streaming on Pure Noise Record's own bandcamp page:-

There's also a link to follow to buy the digital or vinyl version of this record, which you should!

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