Take Hawthorne Heights, throw in a mixture of You me at Six and Moose Blood (who doesn’t love that combination!) and what you get is A Will Away; Candy coated dark pop-punk.
Opening with elegant guitar riffs and sugar sweet vocals ‘Here Again’, the albums namesake track is an extremely strong opening track, and definitely gives you a hook to make you want to hear the rest of the album, it’s a feel good track and a half, and I had this track on repeat half a dozen times or so – it definitely had me hooked.
Pay Raise builds up traction, pouring out passion and strength and keeps that feel good vibe going, leading into chilled out Agoraphobia (definitely a contradiction in terms!) Slowing down the pace further is the very gentle Chemicals, teamed with a guitars only backing track it does a brilliant job in softening out the album and adding a bit of salty to the sweet.
Well-Adjusted is the pop song of the album, it’s really really catchy and left me humming it for the rest of the day, it’s got such an upbeat feel to it and brings the pace of the album back to up cheerful, flowing into the Moose Blood feeling Caroline with strong vocals and uplifting rifts, to what is a sad song adds a wonderful contradiction to each other, and what a great combination it is. Better Reluctant follows on with the uplifting theme, and again with the beautiful guitar riffs, layered with the cheerful rhythm guitars.
Cooling down into The Shakes, sets the pace for another few more chilled out songs, alongside a gritty Gravity which keeps the pace flowing at a good speed, culminating at Into the Light, reaching a heavy height, which is brought crashing down by the super fluffy softness of Something Special – which is indeed, something special and definitely makes a statement and closes on a poignant but beautiful note.
All in all Here Again is a really uplifting album with a very strong feel to it. If you love any of the bands I mentioned in the introduction, definitely do and check them out.