Having just released their debut EP So Cynical today, Brighton’s RCKLSS, who includes Matty Halliwell, Lewis Horsely, Laurence Burkitt, and Josh Woolnough have given Pop Punk fans something to be happy about.
The six-track EP is a roller coaster of fast heart pumping pop punk and goosebump forming emo type emotion.
It begins strongly with Every Time, an amazing intro to the album. The song has a catchy chorus that is rememberable and easy to sing along to. I can see Every Time being a crowd favorite during a live show. In fact long after I heard it I was still singing the chorus.
Sliding easily into place after Every Time is the first single released from the EP, Animals. It is full of heavy beating drums, though it does slow the feel of the EP down a bit, giving you a bit of a breather, don’t discount the song though, the guitar playing throughout is massive.
Coming in as the third song is Struggle, it continues to slow the mood down on the EP with its beautiful piano intro. It is a ballad that slowly builds to a classical pop-punk feel. The vocals are rough and they are raw, making the song emotionally rich.
Picking you quickly back up from all the feels is Tell You. It is the anthem we all were waiting for. It is catchy, and it will get you up and moving. The bonus is that Halliwell’s dynamic vocals are backed with some invigorating ooh oohs.
If you are older like I am and have been around since the dawn of pop-punk Sorry For Trying will have you feeling all nostalgic. The tone of the song will throw you all the way back to pop punks heyday in the 1990 – early 2000’s, it could very well be a song on any album from that time period. This is probably one of my favorite songs on the EP. Yeah I know, the intro is a bit different and doesn’t seem to fit, but give it a sec..you will understand.
The final track on the EP is Empty Space, another favorite of mine. A slow beginning that will easily cause goosebumps to spread up your arms, it quickly builds to a symphony of soft drums and glittering guitar riffs. The song is moody, haunting, and somber and damn near perfect.
RCKLSS have hit a home run with their debut. It has been a pleasure to spend the past week listening to it and getting to know it. One of the biggest surprised I took from it was how much of a lyrical album it was. I am a lyric person, one of my favorite quotes is from Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill that starts like this…
“You know, I’ve got this theory, there are two kinds of people in the world. There are lyric people and music people. You know, the lyrics people tend to be analytical. You know, all about the meaning of the song. They’re the ones you see with the CD insert out like 5 minutes after buying it, pouring over the lyrics, interpreting the hell out of everything.”
It was the lyrics of the EP that drew me to love So Cynical. Emotions could run high as you listen to the EP, but isn’t that what we all love about music? I am looking forward to a full length from RCKLSS, and maybe a US tour…I could go on.