I’m in my winter music mode. In part, what this means is that there is little to no pop-punk in my musical diet. I’d go so far as to say I feel a bit apathetic toward the genre in the colder months. So the fact that Maycomb even made a blip on my radar says a lot. Think of what All Time Low would sound like had they progressed in a different (better?) direction after So Wrong, It’s Right. That’s Maycomb.
The album opens strong with a sequence of double-time and half-time percussion (“New Storms”), a suitable follow-up (“Old Gold”) and a melodic story-telling number (“Dynamiter”). This opening sequence sums up both the beginning and ending to this album. It’s fast paced, energetic, and singable without the terrible cliche ridden lyrics we’ve come to accept. The middle of the album slows things just a bit, starting with “Sinking Song,” which only mellows out slightly, and coming to a head with “Out of Darkness Cometh Light.”
This is an album I’ll be setting on the shelf until spring starts to warm up and I’m able to roll the windows down and blast I Opened My Heart To Caustic Things while driving home in the middle of the night. That’s the sort of treatment this album deserves. However, if you can’t or don’t want to wait that long (and why should you?), you can stream the album right here at Hellhound. The track listing is there too.
Review by Alisha Kirby – HHM