Debutaunts - Why Can't We Have Fun
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: August 17, 2010
Who? Debutaunts is an indie/pop rock quintet from Atlanta by way of Florida. They bring us a pop-rock 11 track album entitled Why Can't We Have Fun that can brighten up anyone's day. Bringing in the pop-rock influences from the 1960's and combining them with the indie and elctro rock we've grown accustomed to nowadays, this is an easy and accessible listen for music lovers.
How is it? It's safe to say these guys aren't reinventing the wheel. Front to back, it's a solid listen and you don't get tired of it. They blend sugary hooks with lovely lyrics to give you an album worth listening to. Standout tracks like "Everything's Perfect" and "This Is Yours" showcases the band's songwriting ability. They have a knack for writing songs that, quite literally, make you feel good. Your toes will be tapping in their pop riffs and melodies, which singers/guitarists Jazek and Jonny Shupert can take credit for. The keys give the band a distinct sound, they tend to change tones between each song, instantly separating each song from the last. However, I think the theme of the album is that there is more to be desired here. Make no mistake, these guys can write some pretty good songs. It just lacks the "it" factor that makes other bands like them memorable. For example, the song "Principles" could've been the best song album. It's got great verse and bridge structure, but when the chorus hits, the song just deflates.
Overall, these guys have the right ideas, they just need to piece them together a little better. There are bands out there doing this style of music just a bit better, but Debutaunts definitely has the chops to write that next big album.