Meet Me In Montauk: Dork Soul

meet-me-in-montauk-dork-soul-reviewIs it just me or did the Super Bowl have way more commercials than actual football? I’d planned on writing and reviewing through the game and then watching the ads. Judging by the amount I got done – there were 2,434,343 commercials this year. Anyways, after my mini nap during Coldplay, I awoke – ate some more and then sat down with Meet Me In Montauk’s upcoming release, Dork Soul. It’s got all the elements of an emo record with some elements of today and yesterday thrown in.

If someone were to do a deep study on when emo was born, some may argue The Cure had something to do with it back in the ‘80s with their melancholy yet upbeat feel. That’s exactly how “Fuck You Song” felt each and every time it played. It was a very different from the punk rock found in “Finished Something For Once” and the swing sounds in the intro of “Party Pressure.” For a second I thought, is this that Cherry Poppin’ Daddies band from when I was in middle school? Luckily it wasn’t and that swing softened up quickly and went into a more emo meets indie mood. All in all though, it was “Tough Girl” that made me smile the widest. It had this lively sense to it that I felt wasn’t quite there with the rest.

The game has long been over with and my pick came out the champs, and my time with Meet Me In Montauk has now come to an end. There are definitely hints of pop punk sewn in the fabric of this album, but I think the material holding everything together comes from an emo blend with some indie appliques here and there. If you like artists Soft Fangs and Secret Stuff, check out Dork Soul, out February 15.

Wall of Trophies: Heliograph

wall-of-trophies-heliograph-reviewAccolades are something we innately want as humans. Whether it’s a loving look from an approving loved one, a retweet from our favorite celebrity or an old school trophy that signifies we’re better than the rest. I’m not sure which Wall of Trophies will get with their debut, Heliograph, but I am certain it’ll get a thumbs up from me.

Crisp vocals greet us at the door with “Everything.” As it played, the positive lyrics matched with the somber way of the music made me think of that moment in just about every romantic comedy when the main characters are apart, they realize they want one another and of course – it’s pouring. The movie could be set in July, and it’d be the one day there was a storm. While the title track did very little for me, I loved the balance found in the pop meets soul hit, “Bad Dream.” The record wraps up with the sultry sounds of “Crown,” but not before sending some spooky vibes with the haunting, yet simply titled “Trees.” Dear Julie Plec, this would be great in an episode of The Originals.

Not every song was one I’d put on repeat, but all in all the vibrant arrangements and the enchanting music made for a great ride with Wall of Trophies. Their loved ones will give them an approving look, they may get a healthy dose of retweets and who knows, a physical trophy may be heading their way. Now, will let you know that Heliograph is out now, so check it and make sure to give “Trees” a spin for me.

Dizzy Bats: Until We Die

This whole month I’ve been reliving the words I’d written on the idea of home on my other, new site. It’s made me wonder about my current state, literally. California is all I’ve ever known but is it the one place I truly belong? Seeing a ton of writing jobs that actually pay where Dizzy Bats call home in New York makes that tempting, but living in a shoebox does not. Sorry Big Apple, bed bugs are not worth your prices. Other states aside, we’ll talk more about Dizzy Bats. They call themselves pop punk, but what I hear is more of what I call “dork rock” mixed with some indie tunes on their upcoming release, Until We Die.

That was of course before I went back further than my personal pop punk history and listened heavily to some Descendents. That’s the pop punk Dizzy Bats is working with. Not the nasal ridden kind of the early ‘00s or the well, whatever it’s grown into today thanks to bands like Real Friends and The Wonder Years. No, songs like “With You I’m Dead” and the title track take you back to when Milo was going off to the higher education. Both have a hyperactive base and in the end “Count My Sheep” brings it all together with a sense of fun.

With my mind set in its ways for now about location and sound, this throwback to the foundations of pop punk was new to me. What I loved though it the energy that surrounded the music and how that never really died down. There were no breaks, no sad tones – just moving forward with the action of the record. If you’re a fan of the earlier days of pop punk, check out Dizzy BatsUntil We Die, out February 2.