I’m in one of those pop-punk moods of mine. As much as I want to just revert back to my CD collection and live in a nostalgia-filled haze for the rest of the day, I also want to cross off a few more albums from my ever-growing list of albums to review. That’s when I remembered this single I had from this one band. Although it took me a little bit to really remember that that single was “Loserkid Anthem” by Ruber Taurus, it took me just seconds to find it online, and now, here we are, about to jump into this quick EP. If their single “Loserkid Anthem” is any indication as to what I’m going to get from this brand new EP, well, I’m excited so why am I wasting time with this intro?

“Loserkid Anthem” kicks this EP off and I instantly remembered why this band and track was the one to pop into my head with my current want of a nostalgia-filled sound. As soon s this opening track kicked off, I reminded of bands from the early 2000s that I honestly hadn’t thought of since then. The first band to come to mind was Busted. There’s just something super fun and upbeat and a feeling that’s almost juvenile at times like Busted had. Honestly, that sounds like a bad thing but as a self-proclaimed pop-punk princess, this is not. There’s something familiar about a sound like this and it honestly helps melt any adult stressors away from me instantly. That being said, I spent the majority of this track in that nostalgia-fueled cloud that I had been looking for all the while with a smile on my face.

The second track on this four-track EP has the same vibe of “Loserkid Anthem” but with a little bit more power behind it. The lyrics are still super full of youth and the beat is still pure pop-punk which really just solidifies Ruber Taurus’ sound in the perfect way. Although I was still getting hints of pop-punk bands from years gone by, I also got some more modern influences in this track including bands like Handguns. The guitar solo that takes over right around the two-and-a-half-minute mark in this track really brings a new element into this band. Although I was already sold on them, I feel like that solo shows that this band is so much more than boppy beats and pop-punk-drenched vibes. 

“Let It Go” brings more emotion into the vocals which I instantly fell head over heels with. Although there’s no denying that this is a Ruber Taurus song, I like the uptick in emotion from the vocals. It just really helped make this track a bit more relatable to me whereas the first two tracks, although fun, just didn’t connect with me the way they would have had I still be in high school. That more mature feeling continues for the final track on this EP, “Goodbye” while bringing back a hint of high-school heartbreak. Honestly, this is not only the perfect blend of the two sides I heard from Ruber Taurus throughout this EP, but it’s also the perfect ending track to a great (albeit quick) listen. 

I’m sure I will continue digging through my list for more new pop-punk music to check out but ‘Benched’ by Ruber Taurus absolutely quenched my thirst if only for a little bit.

My Favorite Track(s): “Loserkid Anthem”

For Fans Of: Classic Pop-Punk Sounds; Forgetting How Much Adulting Sucks

Mosh-ability: 6 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid on the back of the couch; Autumn chewed on the mail I had just put on the table

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

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