Goodbye Coastline

Listen Responsibly EP

Written by: PP on 11/02/2011 06:28:50

Hi, it's yours truly again scouring the net for potentially interesting bands that you may never have heard about. This time I've stumbled upon a little known polished pop punk quintet from Chicago, Illinois, whose debut EP "Listen Responsibly" was released earlier this month if Amazon's band page is of any reliability. They're the sort of band that will appeal to you if you like your pop punk served on a silver plate, that is, made ultra-accessible and uber-poppy, with slick production that some might argue is too polished and sugar-coated to carry proper emotion, and simplistic choruses that leave no question on whether they are sing alongable or not.

Yes, we're talking about another one of the Xth wave of pop punk bands who once heard "Dear Maria, Count Me In" in the radio, decided that track is awesome (because it is) and started a band playing roughly the same style. Sounds familiar? That's because aside from All Time Low, we have bands like Hit The Lights, The Maine, Valencia, Honor Bright, Crash Romeo, The Years Gone By and at least a dozen others that I can think of from the top of my head who don't sound any different from Goodbye Coastline. Or should I say that these guys don't sound any different from that bunch? Either way, the five tracks on their debut EP are all reasonably catchy, coated in glossy production and pitch-perfect harmonies, but that's also part of the problem. The songwriting just isn't at a high enough level to warrant blatant Hit The Lights/All Time Low copying while getting away with it. The songs aren't bad per se, but they fail to stand out in the same way as a song like "Breathe In, Breathe Out" by the former or the earlier mentioned hit single by the latter.

That said, if you eat these kinds of bands for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there's no reason to avoid giving "Listen Responsibly" a chance. It's a fun, light, summery pop punk ep of the polished kind, and if you like that sort of stuff, this'll be right up your alley. The rest of us, well, we'll be patiently waiting for the next Screeching Weasel record in about a month's time.


Download: Mister Disaster, Where Did You Go
For the fans of: Hit The Lights, All Time Low, The Maine, Cartel
Listen: Myspace

Release date 01.01.2011

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