The Heights

Drag Race On The Moon

Written by: HES on 18/08/2013 19:53:22

If you were to ask me to characterize The Heights, I would tell you this band sounds a lot like the bands I used to listen to when I was a teenager. The classic bubble-gum, pop-rock quartet out of Canada, just released their EP "Drag Race On The Moon" and my impression is a mixed one.

Singer Gavin Sutton has the classic nasal voice alike Yellowcard's Ryan Key or New Found Glory's Jordan Pundik. Unfortunately his talent is not very well supported by the rest of the ensemble. The songwriting on the EP is very so-so. Most of the songs are up-beat'ish ballads in the tradition of the above-mentioned genre-pioneers. However, the songs become quite generic because of a general lack of personality, tongue-in-cheek or twist. The lyrics would be an obvious place to inject a little character; however they never really rise above standard, platonic love songs. An example is the lyrics of "You Make Me" that go "Cause you know I’m coming home. And I know you’ll be waiting for me. You make me wanna be a man." The thing is, that there's more "boy" than "man" to this EP. One song seems to be a bit more mature though; "Soldier" is instrumentally very beautiful and anthemic with a kind of cascading quality to it.

Most of the songs also have some kind of catchy element, like an easily repeatable chorus or hook of some kind, but it's not enough to save it from being forgettable. I wish The Heights had played a bit more around with this before they released it. They are almost so dead on the genre that the EP becomes more of a showcase of that instead of the band. When you think about it, a record is a very personal thing with lyrics about one's personal life and such, yet I don't really feel The Heights' personality. The album just slips out of one's mind because the emotion seems a bit superficial or flat.


Download: Soldier, Devil
For The Fans Of: Cartel, Yellowcard, We The Kings

Release Date 09.07.2013

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