Release Date: November 2018
Label: We Are Triumphant Records
Location: Sydney, AUS
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
- Scotty Berger-Lead vocals & guitar
- Eamon O’Byrne-Bass & backing vocals
- Alex Powys-Drums & backing vocals
Stormy Weather, Fade, & Rise Up
Good Charlotte, All American Rejects, Relient K, New Found Glory, The Ataris
I’m ready to admit it. I love pop punk. I’ve dealt with a lot of “real punks” writing this genre off as too radio friendly, or too emo, or not gritty & overproduced. But damn it, The music is still catchy. Those melodies get stuck in your head, make you smile, drum the rhythm on your steering wheel, while singing terrible made up harmonies in your car where no one can hear how bad you are. In other words, the music is good.
I grew up loving Millencolin, The Ataris, Mr. T Experience, & MxPx. By the time the Good Charlotte & Sum 41 bands were hitting the radio, I was too much of a radio snob to just understand why those bands grabbed attention, but I later grew in appreciation for. Arborview is definitely influenced by that era, and is every bit of that quality of music. So if that’s your background, definitely give these guys a shot.
After an intro track, that didn’t really add much to the project, the music starts with their single, “Stormy Weather.” A tale that is a man trying to hold onto the relationship that had a rough patch. We’ve all been there, & it’s very relatable. “It’s you & me in this storm…” are lyrics where he’s showing his commitment & refuses to stop trying for what he wants to stay alive. It has great breaks, harmonies, and a drummer that keeps it interesting musically. What else could you want in your pop punk? You’re gonna be humming this one later.
Thematically, more of the same with “Corner of East and March,” where the writer is still trying to hang on to that love of his life after a mistake. Power Pop that drives right into “Fade” where, as a reviewer who is also a drummer, I love the tom work on the verses of this track. Again a loss of love track. Not sure if this was a purposeful concept of the record, or if this was just the recent life experiences that were being pulled from the time they were writing the songs for this project.
“Rise Up” is the track where he stands up for himself & stops longing for love. Instead the call to rise up and not last another day with others’ hands around their necks. Great breakdowns, again keeping the music interesting. And the conviction in the vocals by the last time the chorus is sung is the vocal highlight of this album.
“This Story’s Over” and “Wake Up” close out the songs from the original EP. and is more fast driving, positive move forward with your life anthems that are going to be stuck in your head for days after listening to them.
This “deluxe edition” adds 3 acoustic tracks of the first 3 songs. While I prefer the full studio versions of the tracks, it’s nice to show the range of the band for potential opportunities with acoustic sets as a possibility now, & you know they can still provide quality with that sound.
Again, the Pop side of punk isn’t for every punk fan, but if it is for you, you need to give this band a shot.
- Scotty Goes to the Studio (intro track)
- Stormy Weather
- Corner of East and March
- Rise Up
- This Story’s Over
- Wake Up
- Stormy Weather (acoustic)
- Corner of East and March (acoustic)
- Fade (acoustic)
About The Author:
Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.