I knew that I loved The Sines the first time I heard “So Please” but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was that I loved so much. Thankfully, “So Please” is only the first track off of a brand new four-song EP from this band so of course, I’ve been anxious to jump into this and try to figure out what it is about this band that had me hooked upon first listen. So let’s not waste any more time!
As mentioned, “So Please” is the first track on this quick EP and I instantly fell in love with The Sines all over again as a catchy bassline kicked off this opening track. There’s something youthful and boppy about this opening track but it doesn’t feel juvenile. Allister is the first band that jumped to my mind as this song played through but so did Weezer. Again, The Sines have this perfect balance of youth and maturity (I’m only using that word for lack of a better one right now). Just like the first time I heard this track, I found something perfectly ear-wormy about everything going on in this track. From the guitar riffs to the drumbeat, every element in this track got stuck in my head and is sure to haunt me (in a good way) as I try to fall asleep later tonight.
“Oblige” is the second track on this album and although I still can’t quite put my finger on the reason I got so addicted to this bad so quickly, this is another stellar track. The vocals that kick off this song are perfect and have a truly gorgeous acapella part that gets this track started off right. Again, my mind started drifting to the good ol’ days of the early 2000’s pop-punk scene. The vocals are crystal clear but the band doesn’t hold back from giving you everything they have. It’s a perfect balance that far too many bands fail at yet somehow The Sines have absolutely nailed it with have made it sound so easy.
The shortest track on this four-song EP, “Leave It to the Lesbians” is another just downright fun bop that had me smiling from ear to ear. Sure, the lyrics are a little campy and I feel like you get a bit more of a garage-rock vibe in this track to match those words but it all works so perfectly. Although we are almost to the end of this release, I still find myself struggling to put my finger on what is about this band that I love so much but I still have one last track to figure it out.
“Adderall Fever” kicks off with a dizzying guitar part before the band jumps into their signature pop-punk sound. This track seems to lean more towards the garage-rock vibe of “Leave It to the Lesbians”. I really like how the album split down the middle with the first two tracks feeling perfectly polished and these last two feeling a bit more DIY. It really shows you the versatility of this band and proves that, although this is only their first release, there is going to be a lot more to come from this band and I will be there waiting for it all!
My Favorite Track(s): “So Please”
For Fans Of: Old School Pop-Punk; Ear-wormy Anthemic Tracks
Mosh-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid next to my desk; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 8 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.8 out of 10
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