Saturday, 5 March 2016

Across All Oceans - 'Homegrown' EP Review

“The more things change, the more they stay the same” is about as cynical a phrase that can be used when describing any topic, but in the music genre of pop-punk; the phrase has a sting of poignancy. From the 90’s to the noughties and right through to the 10’s a host of punk/pop-punk bands have burst onto the scene that have produced consistently good music (Neck Deep, State Champs, Four Year Strong, The Wonder Years) but never really progressed the genre.

Emo/pop-punk quintet Across All Oceans can be painted with this same brush, and in the most complimentary way possible.

The bands latest EP ‘Homegrown’ is a slap in the face filled with pace and attitude, the kinds of which you would expect to hear from a band destined for the likes of Hopeless Records. Opening track ‘Everywhere But Home’ blends subtlety and energy together as well as anything you’re likely to hear from a pop punk band for quite some time, with its both heart-felt and catchy riffs.

The same can be said for highlight of the EP ‘Monophobia’ which begins with a ballad-esque tone only to descend into a pulsating, anthemic pop-punk dream. The song brings a level of writing with it that it alone is enough to promise some level of stardom for Across All Oceans.

Despite a lot of promise however, ‘Homegrown’ can feel laboured in parts. Both ‘Permanence’ and ‘Homegrown’ fail to bring with them a strong enough hook to leave an impact and give off a feeling that would suggest the quintet are holding back creatively. Final track ‘Eston Square’ does manage to live long in the memory however, with its punchy high octane chorus. It is just a taster of what Across All Oceans have in their locker.

With ‘Homegrown’ it seems clear that Across All Oceans aren’t looking to change the formula of pop-punk, nor that they really have to. The EP itself is a good listen, and an even better achievement for a band that have time, charisma and ability on their side.

FFO: Neck Deep, State Champs, The Wonder Years

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