The Promise Hero has signed to TDR Records. Their self-titled CD/EP is available now and the band will be recording a full length album this August with producer Jamie Woolford (Punchline, The AKA’s, Let Go) due out this October. Their 7-song CD/EP is available here for just $5!
Barely Blind’s The Way We Operate is full of pop punk goodness that instantly hits your ears with “Life On Wilson Street” and continues through on “The Way Out.” Dueling vocals, bouncy bass and all the catchy pop-punk guitar riffs your ears desire are included in this package. The Way We Operate was produced by Punchline’s Steve Soboslai, which couldn’t have been a better fit for this album.
Recommended if you like: Pop-Punk, Punchline, Home Grown.
1. Life On Wilson Street
4. Crowded Room
5. 97′ Called
6. The Way We Operate
The Prize Fight have been off the radar for a bit since their first EP which they released back in 2003. You may remember their horn infused pop songs or the great track “The Trainwrek” that filled that EP but the band has changed and dropped the horns for a new sound. Fans may not totally recognize the band without the horns but their sound overall has improved and it’s great to hear new stuff from them none the less.
Opening the EP is a diverse indie sounding guitar part followed by an increasingly faster emo beat mixed with some emo vocals and lyrics. “This Apartment” is a great opener for the EP which introduces the bands somewhat new sound to the listener. After mixing in some small guitar solos the song tends to carry on a bit coming in at over five minuets long. The next track “Lesson #6: Learning to Let Go” starts out with an almost unpleasant intro (probably just the mood I’m in) and is followed by some back and forth guitar work and a bit of a breakdown. From there on the song almost carries the same exact sound across as the first song except for the dual vocal part where they sing “If all else fails” which brings your ear in instantly. I have to say that some of these vocal parts remind me of The Early November (which is a good thing if you like them) but the band has more of a pop edge to them then TEN does. “Now Or Never” starts out with a great intro followed by a more relaxed chorus. The song has a very nice relaxing feeling to it, but the band doesn’t do much else to impress besides some more emotional lyrics to go along with their indie style guitars. On the next track “I Hate To Say, “I Told You,” we get a similar indie guitar intro filled with some highlights from the second guitar. Overall the song brings up memories of early Jimmy Eat World or even back to bands like Sunny Day Real Estate. “The Red Light District” comes in at over 6 minuets long and is filled with even more of the same indie licks and emotional lyrics. The song carries a nice beat though and if you can stay interested you’ll really enjoy it. A harder and faster track titled “Another Day, Another Struggle” wraps up this 37 minuet EP.
If your looking forward to hearing a continuation of The Prize Fight’s previous EP then you best look elsewhere. The bands sound has matured and overall is still great. This is probably one of the most indie sounding bands I’ve heard in a long time and I thank them for keeping things sounding real. Overall you might be fully impress or a little disappointed in this EP but I found a nice sound that reminds me of music being music and now a sub-culture. Check this out if your looking for something along the lines of The Early November or an older indie/emo style.
1. This Apartment
2. Lesson #6: Learning to Let Go
3. Now Or Never
4. I Hate To Say, “I Told You So”
5. Another Day, Another Struggle
6. The Red Light District
“This Apartment”, “Now Or Never”, “Another Day, Another Struggle”