Grab your cargo shorts, your longboard, and your ipod nano, because today I’m reviewing pop punkers “Loose Ends” debut release Novemberish. Loose Ends is a pop-punk band from Boise ID made up of Jake Haley (Vocals), Quinn Fillmore (Bass), Matt Egizi (Guitar), Jordan Becker (Guitar), and Andrew Miller (Drums)
I remember a simpler time, when we all had Myspace accounts and got our music from Limewire. Back when Warped Tour had good bands and Family Guy was still funny. This late 2000’s aesthetic gets lost on a lot of people because it was a really awkward time to grow up in. But for us pop punk fans, we resonated with this time and made it our own.
Loose Ends new record came out just a few weeks ago, and I’ve had the pleasure of listening to it a few times. I think it’s a really good record, and you should definitely go check it out. For the record, I’m not going to review any albums that I hate. I have better things to do than shit on local bands, and I’m not going to waste my time writing articles about music that sucks. So now that we got that out of the way…
Novemberish takes pop punk into 2017 in a new direction, while still keeping the power chords, mosh pits, and pizza. (They literally have pizza at their shows this isn’t even a joke) The record starts off with the line: “This is the beginning of the end of my youth,” a line that strikes a little too close to home for 20 something year olds like me. Then the record goes into the lead single “Familiar Name.” I suggest that you go check out the video on YouTube, (link at the top) it’s a music video shot in the dead of winter in Boise. While the song sounds like something you might blast on a summer road trip, the video was shot during the winter and it captures the Boise imagery very well. This song is probably my favorite on the record, the drums and bass really let Jakes vocal shine through, and it picks up a lot of energy when the guitars kick in. The hook of the song is super catchy, and it will resonate with anyone who is a fan of Modern Baseball, New Found Glory, or Neck Deep.
The fourth track of the album “The Midwest Song,” starts off with a heavy guitar riff and goes right into a palm muted verse. The lyrics to this song are very relatable and paint a good picture of what it’s like moving away. The song reminds me a bit of Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue, in the way that it talks about a topic that most people our age can relate to. Most people in their early twenties have to say goodbye to a lot of friends, family, and sometimes even a romantic partner. By the time the song was over I wanted to move back to Indiana. Even though I’ve never been. Which one is Indiana again? The one with Chicago right? I don’t know. Good song though.
The album closes off with the song “Color.” The guitar work really shines through on this song. The melodic riff during the chorus really adds another layer of harmony to the song. The production value on this record is very impressive for an independent band. The mixing and mastering are really tight and you can tell that these guys put a lot of time and effort into this record. I look forward to seeing what these dudes do in the future.
Make sure to come check out Loose Ends live! Their live show is super fun, and they always put together a great set list. They do a super rad cover of “My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit, and that always is a crowd pleaser. I even saw an angry metal head start singing along at their show, and metal heads hate everything.
Also, make sure to vote for Loose Ends to play the Warped Tour this year! Just go to their Facebook page and you’ll see the link!