My ADD has been a bit off the charts today. I’ve tried everything I know of to try and just sit still and concentrate on work but it’s just not working out. Maybe sitting down and checking out a new album will help me out. I’ve been looking forward to checking out ‘Between the Here and Everywhere’ from Lyndhurst and now seems as about a good time as any so let’s dive in!
This thirteen-song album kicks off very gently with “Drugpression”. A calm guitar draws you in before the band breaks into this opening track and whisks you into a world of pop-punk perfection. I was instantly captivated by the vocals in this opening track. Although they are smooth and silky, you can tell that there is a monumental amount of emotion attached to each word. The chorus has an undeniable sense of power to it yet there is something still super and calming about the overall nature of this opener. Maybe it’s because I have been listening to things that lean a bit heavier all morning but I was loving this new chill vibe for my day and instantly knew it was just what I needed to help me power through the rest of my Monday.
The album continues into “Stormy Weather” which, right off the bat, was a favorite of mine. There is something familiar about this track but also completely new at the same time. This just goes to show that although Lyndhurst has perfected pop-punk nostalgia just the way I want it, they have also thrown something into the mix that can only be described as “Lyndhurst”. The first band that came to mind to compare this track to would be Cartel just due to the catchiness and uplifting message behind the lyrics of this track. Although a bit love-songy for me, I loved it and felt warm and cozy as this album track took over my house.
The optimism and boppiness of “Stormy Weather” changes pretty drastically as the album moves into “Silver Linings (Down the Drain)”. I mean, come on, just that title alone shows where this song goes and I love how you get this very defeated vibe from the way the vocals have shifted in this track. Having a bit more of a hard rock influence in it, this wasn’t my favorite track of the album but I understood its place and did enjoy seeing a different side of Lyndhurst throughout this song. Just when I was starting to get into this new vibe from the band, “Jaded” jumps back into the pop-punk perfection that this band does so well, and honestly, I just spent the entirety of this track lost in clouds of nostalgia.
“The One I Can Live Without” continues to dive deep into the various sides of Lyndhurst showing the more aggressive side of the group. Although this song is still comfortably situated in the pop-punk vein of things, there’s a bit more of an edge to the vocals and the drums seem just a bit more aggressive as if driving the point of every word home. I loved this aggressive side of the band and wanted to hear more of it but instead of continuing to grow that side of the band, “I’m Sorry for the Way I Am” changes the game up and shows the more tender side of Lyndhurst. This sixth track is stunning but it just didn’t fit my current mood. That being said, I will be keeping this track in my back pocket for one of those days when I am getting hit with all of the feels and just need an outlet for them all because this is the perfect song for that.
Another instant favorite of mine from this album was “Messy”. I mean, I’m a sucker when a song starts with strong vocals and a curse word before the rest of the band comes in and that’s exactly how this track starts. Childish, I know, but I like what I like and Lyndhurst nailed it on this track. Beyond that, the amount of infectious boppiness that “Messy” contains is off the charts. It’s the type of song that will get stuck in your head upon first listen and, although I still have six more songs to listen to, I had to take this song for another spin before moving on.
“Broken” continues to dive deeper into the pop-punk roots of Lyndhurst. Something in the vocals switches every so slightly in this track reminding me more of some of the newer pop-punk bands of today rather than the nostalgia I felt in the previous tracks while having nods to a bit more of the hard rock side of things. Another song about being in love, I liked the words used to convey the thoughts here and although I’m not the mushy type of person, I felt my heart growing warmer with every string of words that passed. I was so busy getting lost in the words of “Broken” that I was a bit disappointed as the album moved on to “Cannonballs” but that didn’t last. This track shows more of that sharper edge of Lyndhurst that was laid out in “The One I Can Live Without” but with a bit more of that hard rock influence heard in “Silver Linings (Down the Drain)”.
Although the shortest track on the album at under three minutes long, “The Current” seems to be packed full of the most amount of emotion. Naturally, I am not going to give this track away but the amount of feelings and emotions that come with this track is staggering and it’s one of those songs that just has to be heard to understand the sheer power.
Although the album is winding down with only three songs left, Lyndhurst still has a lot of energy up their sleeve and that can be heard in the anthemic “Nothing at All”. Another pop-punk perfection kind of song, there’s not much more for me to say on the track other than it’s flawless with an aggressive edge that comes out of nowhere but fits the rest of the track so well. “All These Things I’ll Never Get to Say” is another flawless track but with a completely different vibe. The only acoustic track on the album, again, I found myself completely floored by the amount of emotion that Lyndhurst can convey in just one song. “All These Things I’ll Never Get to Say” is one of those “good cry songs” that all of us emo kids love and adore. Although now is not a time when I want to fill to the brim with emotion, this is another one that I will be keeping in my back pocket.
I didn’t know how I wanted ‘Between the Here and Everywhere’ to end but as soon as “A Song for Catharsis” kicked in, I knew that the band had nailed the landing. Although it isn’t a super triumphant ending with an anthemic sense of power, this final track just reminds you of the talent that exists in this band. It has a bit of that pop-punk perfection, a bit of that sharp tongue that pops in and out throughout this album, and an undeniable sense of emotion. Toeing the line between angst and delicacy, this final track is a great way for the band to keep you guessing at what they are all about while continuing to enforce the sound that can only be referred to as Lyndhurst.
My Favorite Track(s): “Stormy Weather”; “Messy”
For Fans Of: Pop-Punk Perfection; Emotion
Mosh-ability: 6.3 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie and Alfie slept on the couch; Autumn slept in the cardboard box sitting on my floor
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 9.2 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 9.7 out of 10
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