Fall Out Boy
Coheed and Cambria
Tracklist1. Essentially, Eventually
2. Ground Pound the Pillars
3. Mirrors Ruined Us
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.