Exclusive: Life On The Sideline EP announcement, music video premiere

Since releasing Honesty Is A Dying Breed two years ago, Life On The Sideline has remained active on the road and is now ready to unveil its upcoming EP, Never Settle. To kick things off, we're premiering the music video for the band's new single, "Echo", which tells the sad story of a young girl reminiscing times spent with her deceased partner. While not a pop punk song per se, it's as catchy as one with an infectious chorus that you'll inevitably get stuck in your head. The band's sound could be compared to that of Transit's and The Early November's. Fans can pre-order the EP on iTunes and CD here, before it's released on June 7th. […]

Friday, October 10, 2014

Review: Look Alive - "Translucent" EP

Release InfoLook Alive - Translucent EP
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Record Label: Autumn + Colour
Pre-order: Digital, CD

Since its conception in 2012, Look Alive has garnered much love and attention for its crowd-pleasing performances. An impressive debut album, Mistakes & Milestones, turned heads after its release in 2013, and this October, Translucent will be dropping jaws.

“Putting The "I" In Isolation” is the perfect introduction to the EP. A great opening, it captures listeners’ attentions within the first five seconds and maintains them with ear-catching drums and guitar parts. The song has a musical dynamism that flows throughout its entirety and clever lyrical zingers like “Just like a winter morning, you’re cold and boring” make it an even catchier track.

Whereas its predecessor Mistakes & Milestones consisted mostly of upbeat and fast-paced songs, Translucent includes a refreshing change in tone in addition to its familiar sound. The EP’s more mellow tracks are “Underrated” and “Regrets Taste More Like Hard Liquor”; both allow listeners a better look into the band’s technical and musical maturity through a deviance from its past styles. “Underrated” boasts of a well-blended layering of guitar that becomes especially evident after the first chorus. “Regrets Taste More Like Hard Liquor” undoubtedly has the most divergent sound, but this is exactly what makes it feel more honest and heartfelt. Highlighted by an impressive vocal dynamism, the track not only shines a light on frontman Jacob Causey’s vocal range, it also indicates the band’s stronger experimentation on this project—an effort that has definitely enhanced its quality.

The EP finishes strongly with its last song, “The Bad Conversationalist”. This track has a little bit of everything: a slower guitar opening, a seamless transition to a faster pace, fantastic rifts and drum patterns, and raw lyricism. Soft verses like those found in “Underrated” and hard-hitting choruses reminiscent of past work are pretty symbolic of the project overall: a combination of Look Alive’s new and old sounds. Its small quirks—like the small shout before the first verse—give the song personality and make it easy to imagine the band having fun recording it.

Look Alive’s members are experienced musicians of both past and active bands, and their combined knowledge definitely shows. Focused and experimental, it is apparent that Translucent is the product of well-seasoned musicians. Despite the satiric post on Look Alive's website, their music can still very much be considered “pop-punk”; this project just offers much more variety and quality than before. The EP’s musical complexity and its blending of past and present styles is sure to win over old and new fans alike.

1. Putting The "I" In Isolation
2. Underrated
3. Regrets Taste A Lot Like Hard Liquor
4. The Bad Conversationalist

RIYL: State Champs, Real Friends, The Wonder Years, Four Year Strong


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