Release Date: November 9, 2018
Produced By: Famed guitarist Ahrue Luster (Ill Niño/Machine Head)
Location: Broomfield, CO
- Mike – Vocals
- Rob – Guitar
- Jim – Bass
- Rich – Drums
Favorite Tracks: Snappy, Normal, October Sky, Blackout
Sounds Like: Alkaline Trio, Came And Took It, Filthy Hearts, and Sunset Silhouette
It’s Pop punk January apparently here at CPRA. Considering we’ve reviewed 2 pop punk albums from Arborview and Sunset Silhouette back-to-back. There’s one problem I see in pop punk frequently. The music is either really great or just kinda meh. Not that its bad, just boring. Due to the large amount of album review requests we have coming in from all over the world. We now have to be a bit more selective.
Yes it kinda sucks. I would love it if we had the energy, donations incoming, and time to really showcase each album submitted. So when I popped on The Swifts new album, “All Sunshine”. I was pretty damn well surprised. I forgot to mention famed Ahrue Luster from Ill Niño and Machine Head produced and recorded this 10 track album. Alright let’s dig into, “All Sunshine”.
‘Snappy’ kicks off with a very melodic style. It’s tight on the whoas, heavy drums, and catchy lyrics. The next track is ‘Normal’. I really like the lyrics, and harmonies on this track. Did you know pop punk could shred? Damn! Track 3 is ‘All Sunshine’. I like this track as it has a nice happy theme. The bass lines are quite good.
So far 3 tracks in and I’m noticing a little something different with this album. So far it has some pretty wicked guitar solos. As pop punk is generally known for 3 chords and nothing else. This is something I do disagree with. This one is already shaping up to be pretty damn good. ‘October Sky’ has a darker them to it. The piano notes are beautiful. I really didn’t expect this level of musicianship.
‘I Will Be There’, speeds the pace back up. The build up in the intro is exceptional. Mike’s voice on this one is amazing. You can feel the emotion poured into this track by each band member. The lyrics are well written. ‘Sing’ is the sixth track and maintains the rocking pace. This one has a super catchy chorus.
‘Blackout’ comes in a bit harder and heavier from the last track. It has somewhat of a Ramonescore sound, yet has another killer guitar solo. This one is by far my favorite track on the record. I forgot to mention the band has coined themselves as the “Ultimate Dad Band”. That may be how these kick ass solos are sneaking in. Reminds me a bit of Chinese Rocks.
‘In Name Only’ comes in strong with superb melodies. The drums are my favorite on this track. The following track, ‘Zombie’ maintains the excellent sound and speed. Lyrically this song is awesome. Now we reached the end of the album with, ‘One More Drink’. This is my second favorite song on the record. It reminds me of my younger days hanging out at the pub and arguing if OP IVY would reunite. This track has yet another stellar guitar solo. It’s time I close out this review.
The Swifts have composed one helluva an album with “All Sunshine”. The melodies, lyrics, and solos make this one a definite add to your pop punk collection. I’m going to throw this album into the best of 2019 mix.
- All Sunshine
- October Sky
- I will Be There
- In Name Only
- One More Drink
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