A step in the right direction.
‘Don’t forget that this is a choice/pick your poison, live with remorse’ is the opening lyric to this album – and it’s certainly a different start to their earlier albums. The upbeat, snappy pop punk has been replaced with a heavier sound, more hardcore. ‘Turn Off The Radio’ is a highlight – it’s harsh, but it’s melodic, and ‘Naivety’ is akin to early 2000s pop punk with more thought provoking lyrics: ‘Thinking back when we were younger/All of the things we believed that we could do’.
The whole record ties in together, though – not one song is without a brutal guitar riff or pounding pattern of drums, and it clearly shows how much the band has grown. There’s less clean vocals and less pop punk, but more of Jeremy McKinnon’s distinguished shouting and heavy instrumentals: it might be unusual, but it’s not unwelcome.