I’ll be the first person to admit that I would literally die for pop punk. There’s nothing I enjoy more than blasting some State Champs or Grayscale while I pound a pepperoni pizza in my dad hat. It takes a lot to measure up to the genre’s icons while maintaining your own unique sound to set you apart from the masses. New York pop-punk/alternative quintet From States Away have found the perfect blend of familiarity from bands such as The Wonder Years and Knuckle Puck while managing to stand on their own two feet.
I Swear This Light Won’t Fade is a 4-track EP that takes angsty pop punk and strips it down to its essentials, going far beyond your standard four chords and superficial lyrics. “Night & Day” is the debut track that kicks off the EP in what I can only describe as a rollercoaster. You start off at the base of the hill thinking you’ll get a calm, smooth ride for the next three-and-a-half minutes. But as the track builds you find yourself at the top of the hill, hesitating for only a moment before you’re sent barreling down the tracks for a ride you never saw coming. It’s the embodiment of angsty pop punk, reminding me of one of those “try not to dance or sing along” videos. Trust me – you’ll fail that challenge before the second verse kicks in.
And what’s a good pop-punk album without a good heartbreak track? From States Away prove they’re not a one-dimensional band with their track “Hair” which encompasses midwest pop punk at its finest. If you’re looking for that perfect track to scream your little emo heart out to while reminding that you’re stronger on your own – this is it.
Fans of horror-inclined band Ice Nine Kills will enjoy “Elm Street”, a track that includes a list of horror movie references backed up by incredible instrumentals that really set the overall mood for the song.
I love a track that can pull you in from the very beginning. “Stalling Out” is the closing track on the EP and does a phenomenal job of showcasing the band as a whole. Imagine taking the heart-wrenching lyrics of Mayday Parade and giving them a pop punk twist. Yeah. I know. My mind was blown too. Not only is it a great way to close the EP, but it’s the ideal song to scream along to in your car. Trust me – I tried it out. Solid 10/10.
From States Away have really stepped up their game with I Swear This Light Won’t Fade. It’s a must-have for pop punk fans, so be sure to mark those calendars for December 7 – this is one EP release you WON’T want to miss.
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