Miami Monroe are an upcoming Glasgow band with a strong pop punk influence. “Knots & Crosses” was released in April of 2015. The E.P was the bands first experiment of early written tracks.
1- “You’re Not What You Used To Be” is the opening track on the EP, the sample at the start is from the 1946 film, Great Expectations, which makes you want to search what it means and where it comes from. As the song starts, the continuous drum beat makes you want to start tapping your foot along to the song instantly. When the vocals come in, you can already tell it’s going to be a fast and upbeat track. The lyrics are very clear and you can make out what the track is all about upon your very first listen.
2- “One Last Chance For Romance“, this is the second track on the EP. Yet again, just by hearing the guitars at the start, we already know that is gong to be another fast and upbeat track. The lyrics are really clear and you can grasp the whole concept of what this song is about. Great track!
3- “Falling For You” is the third track, the guitar and drum beat at the start is extremely catchy. The lyrics however do not make as much sense as the previous two tracks and throughout the song that same guitar and drum beat from the start is repeated and becomes tedious. However, it’s a song that is highly addictive.
4- “Daddy Issues” is the track that finishes off the EP, the song is the longest on the EP and has a lot of emotional feeling put into it. You can grasp what the song is about and when the vocalist begins to sing slow at the start then as the song kicks in, you can tell he is putting all of his feelings into it, screaming out the full extent of what he is feeling. As the quote goes, “That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons” – Dave Grohl. This song is my absolute favourite on the whole EP!
This EP was such a great listen, the band certainly have a lot of big things ahead of them. Hopefully they follow up with a new EP soon with tracks as great as they already have. Daddy Issues is very emotional, to the extent of being overpowering as it really hits you and puts things into perspective. This track will be one a lot of people can relate to it. Overall I’d give this EP a 9/10!