Keiran Hyland – Vocals
Alex Edge – Lead Guitar
Josh Taylor – Rhythm Guitar
Zak Taylor – Bass
Jake Oseland – Drums
4. Post Graduation
6. The Length of a Smile
A pop punk quintet from Birmingham, UK have released a limited run of their second EP, a follow up to 2016’s ‘Dwell’. Recorded at Emeline Studios with producer Ian Sadler (Roam, Hoebound & The New Tusk) and mixed by Grant Berry (Me V’s Hero). The band claim to be influenced by Real Friends, Turnover and Modern Baseball, none of whom I have ever heard of.
Here they package 6 tracks together, available as a CD, download or orange vinyl, and the album mainly deals with loss and the relationship between the vocalist and his father. In an attempt to find something positive to say, I looked at the additional promo pictures, they give an accurate impression of the band, some young guys with no imagination or creativity who are simply bored and have no style but the guy in the middle’s mother made him wear his raincoat just in case.
First track ‘Ajax’ starts well enough, a slow build up of guitar and then the drums kick in but then the vocals start and I want to turn off, it’s not that he can’t stay in tune because he can, its just a very dull, boring voice that grates on the nerves and is very unpleasant upon the ears. The song itself is equally dull, uneventful, and banal. It’s not the Birmingham accent that does this, I love a lot of Birmingham bands, it just it is horrible sounding. The drumming is standard pub-band fare, the guitars are unexciting, but not awful, its just impossible to ignore the voice, here is a singer who should have opted to be a drummer instead, worked out his anger against his father by hitting skins.
The second track, ‘Geranium’ sounds just the same, ‘Heredity’ is more indie than pop punk and drones on miserably. By track four, ‘Post Graduate’ I am wondering if this is all a bad joke, the vocals have taken a downwards turn and I cannot wait to reach the end and never have to hear this again. ‘Stale’ has nothing to recommend it, and finally we come to the title track ‘The Length of A Smile’, which did at least bring a smile as I embrace the fact I can now go and delete this download from my files.