Label: Paper + Plastick
Pop-punk band The Braces have unleashed an enticing snare of early 2000s musical nostalgia with the release of their digital LP Two Years—in all seriousness, if it were 2003; this album would be an archetypal inclusion in the Drive-Thru Records catalog. The opening track “Reasons Not to Hate Everything” kicks it off strong with a familiar blend of punky/emo vocals and catchy power chords—great fun, irresistible, but may leave you wondering if Chris Conley is receiving a check somewhere. For the most part, the album’s entirety sticks close to this pop-punk formula, save for the track “Applause” where the band flirts with a darker tone and spits more raspy vocals. Faster songs like “Inconsiderate” and “Applause” make tasteful use of gang vocals—also severing as notable examples of some stellar drum work. The album’s main problem is in its repetition: over the span of eleven tracks, you may get tried of hearing a sonic sister to the former. Still, Two Years is a catchy/melodic release with a very fresh, fun and young sound; fans of bands like Rufio and Saves The Day are sure to enjoy—if you live near a boardwalk, and own a skateboard: probably not a bad idea to have this one on your iPod. You can grab your copy today and be sure to check out the video for “Vandal” from Two Years below.
Review by Matt Crane – HHM