Opening track Slam begins with an almost-acoustic feel which shows off vocalist Ryan Locke’s voice before the riffs kick in. Their upbeat album means that some oif the tracks sound similar, however there are little quirky parts in each to make them unique.
The opening two tracks in Slam and Best Mistake set the tone for the album. There is not a down moment, with the pop-punkers keeping the genre firmly in its roots with this lighthearted album. Trick sounds like a pop-punk anthem which sounds like it would be great live, even with the abrupt ending.
Freak brings things to a head with some of the more relatable yet still upbeat lyrics while bringing the energetic pop-punk to a head. Stubborn Love is reminiscent of a Blink 182 style slower track from the opening vocal and guitar combo, a contrast to the opening five tracks but the vocals are still great throughout but Big Deal brings the tone of the album back to the beginning.
Altogether a great pop-punk album that has clearly trumped their 2013 release Hoser. A true pop-punk album with its light-hearted lyrics and upbeat, ginormous riffs, their sound hasn’t changed much, but it has matured and the focus on simple melodies shows that all that is needed to produce a great album is creative variations on the simple melodies. Contrary to some other reviews, placing Stubborn Love where they have the band have given a great break in the upbeat nature. It is hard to find many flaws in this record. One of the best pop-punk releases of the year!