If you miss the sound of early 2000s punk rock then The Camel City Blackouts’ new EP will be right up your street. The first track ‘Memory’ is a raw, 4 chord, Green Day-esque earworm that wouldn’t seem out of place on the likes of ‘Dookie’ or ‘Nimrod.’
Preceding 'Memory' is ‘Swing Or Sway’. At first I thought this song sounded like something from the back catalogue of a band like "The Sleeping" until the riff around 0:45 in which I found it hard to ignore the similarities to Boston’s ‘More Than A Feeling.’ This track has potential however has the same issues that I believe run throughout the EP that I will touch on later.
‘Packing Up’ is the final song on the EP and is less than 2 minutes of the Green Day-like punk we got to know in the earlier in the EP.
On the whole, I think this EP is positive. However, there were some vocal melodies out of key, and sometimes out of time. As for the sound of the EP sonically, I think they could improve it with an experienced music producer.
Words by Alex Jennings.