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Major League – Hard Feelings

Becci Stanley

Triangle

These days, a pop punk release crops up more often that a full moon and because of this it is very hard to get your music noticed and set it apart from the whining-about-your-ex crowd. In ways, New Jersey’s Major League’s sunny riffs and slightly stereotypical vocals will make this hard for them, but with a growing popularity and experimental ways (evident in songs from debut full length Hard Feelings) this album will be propelled into the stratosphere.

Opening track Hard Feelings has an almost rock’n’roll vibe when it first starts before jumping straight into a stereotypical pop punk vibe, sunny and light with angst filled lyrics eating into your ear drums. The repetition of these simple rock-esque chords give this short song a completely different edge, almost harder than Major League’s normal sound which is entirely welcome.

This contrasts to second belting single Walk Away, an instrumental punch in the face as it blasts straight in full throttle before dropping casual into its slowed down simple chord progression and clattering drums, with a slightly visible harder edge vocals. The song is heavily reminiscent of idols The Wonder Years in both melody and vocal styles, mirroring album Suburbia You’ve given Me everything and Now I’m Nothing in many ways without ripping it off entirely, just showing enough that they have been inspired by their respective genre.

Personal favourite Arrows Crossed demonstrates more of the punk oomph from pop-punk, with a hoarse and harsh vocal introduction before an assault of guitars, bass and drums battling for dominance of their listener. It defies any expectations of the band you may have. Whilst angst ridden, it has a certain attitude that shows maturity within the band and a drive to stand out and not just do what every other pop-punk band seems to. Much like this song, Homewrecker emulates the same “stop and start” motif with the instruments going from clashing to deafeningly silent emphasising vocals and making the song seem jaunted within. Covering the usual topics of relationships problems, it manages to retain its inner core of light-hearted miserable pop-punk with a harder edge and harsher vocals, almost shouting at the audience that will undoubtedly make crowds across their future tours bounce off the ceilings.

A surprisingly brilliant release amongst the rest, whilst staying stereotypical they subvert many expectations of the small time New Jersey boys. Big things are yet to come for this band, and I personally can’t wait to see what comes their way next.

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