FS - Cheers and Fears from the Past Year

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Benton Falls
Fall Out Boy
Coheed and Cambria

Release Date

06/07/2013

Tracklist

1. Essentially, Eventually
2. Ground Pound the Pillars
3. Mirrors Ruined Us
4. Melatonin
5. Walking in Tempo

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I try to keep some degree of objectivity when I write reviews, but this band might just be the perfect amalgamation of three of my all-time favorite albums from a pretty critical point in my adolescence. FS combine the indomitable pop-punk of Take This to Your Grave, the noodly emo of Guilt Beats Hate, and these ever-so-slight moves that bring me right back to Second Stage Turbine Blade (especially the particularly Sanchez-esque vocal layering on the chorus of “Walking in Tempo”). I was smitten on my first listen. I never stood a chance.

That isn’t to say that FS are merely the sum of other bands’ component parts. Cheers and Fears from the Past Year is a fully-realized, tightly-packed firecracker of an EP that weaves nods to genre forebears together with progressive sensibilities, yet manages to maintain traditional song structures. The end result is a new breed of pop-punk that is both ludicrously catchy and technically impressive. And, operating as a three-piece affords the band the opportunity to stay true to punk’s classic simplicity while not sacrificing virtuosity. Put plainly, it’s a well-balanced sound for a band looking to establish themselves on the national circuit. And it’s good enough to tour the shit out of.

If you like any of the albums referenced above, if you like Damiera or The Fall of Troy, if you can admit in a crowded room that you unabashedly love pop-punk, you owe it to yourself to give Cheers and Fears a proper sampling.

--Zach Roth

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Zach Roth
Last updated: 07/30/2013 11:16AM

Comments

mmakara81
07/30/2013
11:34AM
Location
San Francisco, CA

listened to the first track, vocals very 'stumpish'

Bill Lohr
07/30/2013
12:00PM
Age: 30
Location
Lehigh Valley, PA

these dudes are backed. 

Nick Senior
07/30/2013
06:18PM
Age: 27
Location
Ellicott City, MD

One song in.  HOLY FUCKING SHIT. I want a full-length already.

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Zach Roth
07/30/2013
07:45PM
Age: 26
Location
Fishers, Indiana

hahaha. My thoughts exactly.

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buck09
08/01/2013
08:35PM
Age: 33
Location
Reno, NV

Is this considered a crowded room? I like this. Shhh.

xRinox
08/03/2013
09:30AM
Age: 33
Location
San Borja, Lima, Perú

Wow... a pop-punk band that is original on its own, what a find!

nicholasvillers
08/04/2013
08:09PM

I'm definitely into this.  It's refreshing to hear something like this from a pop punk three piece.  Not only are they technical, they're catchy.  These are two things that are hard to achieve in the pop punk genre.