The Anchorline – Sorry Doesn’t Mean Anything EP
Release Date: December 13, 2005
Unlike some bands whose albums you may toil through to decide if you like them, The Anchorline’s new EP Sorry Doesn’t Mean Anything will make an early impression one way or another on you. Vocally, they sound like they borrowed New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik, and musically, they are an edgier version of The Starting Line. The production is extremely reminiscent of Say It Like You Mean It, in fact. So for those of you keeping score, that means the engineering isn’t as good as it could or should be for the band, which ultimately drags down what could be an above-average EP.
The Anchorline has energy in their music that just implores you to sing along at the top of your lungs. The first song is “Let’s Be Sorry,” and it is a perfect example of this. The band lets loose with one powerful riff after another. Marked by the throbbing bass line in “Leave the Ground,” the band is able to focus their energy, which occasionally crescendos just short of a breakdown. The lead vocals are mixed a little too low in that Patrick’s voice is overshadowed too much by the instruments and backing vocals, which hurts the overall composition of the song and makes it a bit difficult to understand.
“Mohawk” is a bit more instrumentally challenging, with a solid intro. The vocals are less pitched, and the riffs threaten to damage your eardrums at higher volumes. As a whole package though, the song could use less backing vocals and a little more face time spent on Patrick. There just isn’t all that much to illustrate the difference between “Mohawk” and any other track on this EP. “Summer House” is probably the most New Found Glory-esque track on the disc. It’s pretty basic punk rock with flourishes in all the right places to make it a single-worthy track. The engineering still needs some work, but this song stands as the other pillar (the first being “Let’s Be Sorry”) that keeps the Sorry Doesn’t Mean Anything EP from falling into the “forgettable” category.
In fact, those two songs allow me to say that I think The Anchorline with some more practice and time in the studio (they’ve been together about six months) will get signed and put out an album I can fully stand behind sometime in the future. The instruments are well played, but could benefit from a bit more variation in future songs. Bands that play your basic pop-punk (even with an edge) are a dime a dozen, and that genre is starting to get a little stagnant when artists stick to the basics. When The Anchorline takes some more risks, they may just become a force to be reckoned with down the road.