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. […]

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: A Place In Time - "The Real Thing" EP

Release InfoA Place In Time - The Real Thing EP
Release Date: October 31st, 2014
Record Label: Self-released
Pre-order: N/A

A Place In Time writes songs that it’ll have fun playing -- at least that’s what I would assume solely based off listening to the new EP, The Real Thing. Every song has moments for each instrument that sound like they're designed to be the most entertaining and fun section to play, which only helps us as listeners enjoy the record more. Over six songs, the band makes it through a wealth of musical styles and harmonies that truly enhance each song, giving reason to listen over and over again.

The first song, “Suffer”, is a great showcase of what is to come the rest of the record, therefore, it is the perfect introduction. Tonally, the instruments are distinct, yet consistently compliment one another. The bass holds everything down, while constantly in motion. The guitar work is wonderful as it ceaselessly plays riff after riff. Lyrically, though most of the record is fairly basic, this song shines, especially verses. Vocally, everyone is spot on, particularly during all the harmonies, though they are quite subtle throughout this song.

“Why, Though?” is a better example of how harmonies are utilized to their full potential in music. During the chorus, the repetition of “catch a taxi cab” by the harmonies makes me immediately reminiscent of my old Chiodos records. It’s also a good thing to check out some of the exquisite drumming here, Most of the fills are perfectly done and each hit accents other instruments very nicely. Even the most complicated beats and fills sound like they’re effortless while played flawlessly.

The next song, “The Real Thing” starts far slower than the two previous and lyrically isn’t quite to the level of what “Suffer” was. The saving grace of this song is when it transitions into the doubletime, fast sections of the tune. The guitar riff is great, the intensity of the song increases in leaps and bounds, and the song begins its transition into a truly uniquely structured piece of music. Around two minutes in, the drums switch to a high hat centered beat and the song transitions bar after bar into more of a funk song than a alternative/punk song. It’s a perfect transition and though it only lasts about as long as a bridge, it’s a breath of fresh air midway through the album.

“Rather Be The Fog” is the album’s weakest song by far; the lyrics seem bland and verge on the cliche rather than meaningful. The song is fairly boring for the first half despite some excellent musicianship and well written harmonies, which seem second nature for these guys. The last minute of the song is pure audio ecstasy as it transforms from this mid tempo mediocrity into an even slower, heavy pile of joy. It’s completely unexpected and completely rad, which is why I find myself still going back to a song I, for the most part, dislike. “Souvenir” similarly has lyrics that verge on cliche (“hey kid, here’s to you. Whoa”) and cheesy (“Now if you trip and fall through the stratosphere and you really need a parachute, I’m here”), but the instrumental parts of the song really shine through making it still enjoyable.

The record closes with the extremely impressive tune “Chrissy Cashflow”. This song has decent lyrics, superb performances of well crafted, catchy instrumental music, and swelling, poignant “ahhhs” that would be worthy of any Queen or Ludo record, which is probably the highest honor I can bestow upon any section of harmonies for any record. I truly believe this song is the greatest moment of the record as it’s the only one I found myself singing along to in my car. A Place In Time is a band to keep tabs on. They’re on their way to being a force in the scene, and this EP adds to a growing body of work that speaks for itself. Have yourself a merry little Halloween this year snag a copy of this EP as soon as it’s out.

1. Suffer
2. Why, Though?
3. The Real Thing
4. Rather Be The Fog
5. A Souvenir
6. Chrissy Cashflow

RIYL: Misser, Knockout Kid, Queen-esque harmonies


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