Sometimes I’ll only have to listen to the first 30 seconds of an album to know I’m going to love the rest of it. Harbour’s All My Exes Are Dead To Me was one of those albums.
The Toronto pop punk outfit has put together a four-track EP bursting at the seams with hooks, riffs and those oh-so-bitter lyrics and themes we all love so much, whether we care to admit it or not.
All My Exes Are Dead To Me is written and arranged with a maturity you wouldn’t necessarily expect, given its title.
Opener, In Her Words is a high energy, interesting and well-written introduction to the band, its themes and sound. Both here and in other parts of the EP I’m reminded of my first listen to Fall Out Boy’s Take This To Your Grave.
Great harmonies in both vocals and guitars complement well-crafted hooks.
Track two Everything That I’m Not has one of the best chorus hooks I’ve heard while reviewing unsigned pop punk bands. Imagine an RX Bandits melody over Fall Out Boy guitars being sung by The Used’s singer.
I found this track stuck in my head long before I learned to words to be able properly sing it.
The eponymous track All My Exes Are Dead To Me has a hell of a hook, even if some may find its chorus’ lyrics cliched. Whatever, I like it.
Closer Better Days has, for my money, the perfect bass sound. The verse’s baseline is hella cool. There are shades of the Madden Brothers’ vocals in the bridge, replete with delay effect.
A great chorus, a break down which isn’t just there for the sake of it and a catchy-as-hell refrain combine to make another decent track.
All in all, I’m left wanting to hear more. I’m most hooked by Harbour’s faster tracks, but when their slower verses feature that bass tone, I’m not complaining.
I feel like I get over excited about unsigned pop punk bands sometimes, and that it lessens the impact when I say something like this…
Harbour need to be on your radar, and a label should snatch these guys up fast.