1. This album was the soundtrack to your early teens.
2. And you remember when Blink were still fun.
Atlanta’s Values has just released The Person I Chose To Be, a collection of six interesting and ambitious pop punk songs that dare to do things a little differently.
The easycore four piece, which describes itself as “Passionate, opinionated, heartfelt, honest, no nonsense Pop Punk from “Hate City” Atlanta, GA.” has been playing since October last year and has clearly already developed an ear for a good tune.
The short album is full of interesting arrangements and spiky riffs reminiscent of New Found Glory’s Catalyst, hooks and offbeat rhythms.
Just Getting Warmed Up is, ironically, not quite as good as the rest of the album – trying to do a little bit of everything in just under four minutes and with lyrics that, while I’m sure are heartfelt, lack originality.
But from there things get better. For What It’s Worth has an odd intro, but great textured verses and and a killer chorus hook. It also showcases some well-honed harmonies that are present elsewhere on The Person.
Knives is a stand-out track for me, as Values sound great at faster tempos. Its chorus is also one of the best written on the album.
Acoustic track If You’re a Bird, I’m a Bird is decent – even if the acoustic track has become a huge pop punk cliche. Again, vocal harmonies are great – in fact vocals are quite accomplished all round. This track reminds me of The Starting Line.
Title track The Person I Chose To Be has more great verses, that probably outshine its chorus. Closer Stay Posi, Bro is the opposite, with a more interesting and well-written chorus than the rest of the track.
We hear a lot of generic-sounding unsigned pop punk bands at poppunkbands.co.uk, but tight harmonies and interesting guitar flourishes raise Values above this, to produce something worth listening to.
The secret’s out – Wrexham’s Neck Deep have signed to Hopeless Records, home of The Wonder Years – making them the first UK pop punk band to ever sign to the US label.
The landmark three-album deal will see Neck Deep’s forthcoming debut album Wishful Thinking released via the label soon.
Frontman Ben Barlow said: “Says Barlow: “Perfect match really isn’t it; an indy label with a strong ethos and message. We feel like we haven’t signed our souls away but are taking a huge step in the right direction. We know that together this is really going to take things to the next step for us as a band; with a label like Hopeless backing you, you know you’re going to be taken care of and treated well. We couldn’t be more stoked on the whole thing, it’s perfect.”
Bassist Fil Thope-Evans added: “It’s probably a terribly cliché thing to say, but signing to Hopeless is a dream come true for us.”
Neck Deep will now be joining their label-mates The Wonder Years for their UK tour in November, with Real Friends.
Dates are as follows:
w/ The Wonder Years
NOV 12 Met Uni – Leeds, UK
NOV 13 Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
NOV 14 The Garage – Glasgow, UK
NOV 15 Warehouse 34 – Newcastle, UK
NOV 16 Alexandra Palace- London, UK- WARPED TOUR UK
NOV 17 Clwb Ifor Bach- Cardiff, UK (Matinee Show)
NOV 17 Clwb Ifor Bach- Cardiff, UK- SOLD OUT
The five-piece will then be heading out for a six-date tour of Australia.
Side note: Having followed this band from its early days and coming from the same town as them, I’m proud to see the boys going up to the pop punk big leagues
Neck Deep will perform at this year’s UK Warped Tour in November, and have revealed the working title for their forthcoming full-length album as Wishful Thinking.
Furthermore, the band has announced that the tentatively-titled album will be released in “very early 2014″ via an “as yet unrevealed label”. The band will also release a single from it in November to coincide with the Warped Tour.