True Things - Alone In My Room Record Label: Lost Tape Collective
In the realm of poppy pop punk, bands come a dime a dozen. Aside from the (growing) handful of groups that truly separate themselves from the rest of the pack, it comes down to personal taste to choose through the rest. My personal taste has grown fairly fond of New Jersey's True Things, and fans of Man Overboard might find themselves agreeing with me after a listen into their first full length, Alone In My Room.
On its first release for Lost Tape Collective, a label run by Man Overboard, True Things (featuring two ex-I Call Five members) focuses on a pop punk style dominated by strong bass lines and good guitar hooks. The record isn't very long, totaling out to just over 20 minutes including a 19-second opener. That opener, "Relax", is a fairly hilarious voicemail message that really should only embarrass whatever girl left it on whatever boy's cell phone. Anyway, that introduction leads into the instantly infectious "Jefferson". Furiously paced drums by Brand Wood keep things moving while the James Corbi's high-pitched vocals make for a great hook.
Not every song on Alone In My Room is good, but standing at 20 minutes, you basically listen to the whole thing before you even have time to press the skip button. Catchy choruses on songs like "Penn to East" and "Take A Chance" leave me scratching my head over some more forgettable moments during the course of the record. The latter is probably the best song on the album, and a good core of songs is formed along with the tougher-sounding "Hollowed Out" and "Dead Weight".
True Things might not be making too much noise right now, but they have the potential to. With their first release, the band has shown the ability to write extremely catchy hooks, and the vocals are strong enough to get the job done. Without the strength in the vocals, True Things' sound would fall largely on deaf ears. The rhythm section, with fast-paced drumming and above-average bass lines from Mike Wolk, is another strength of the group. Just another good thing to keep your eye on coming out of New Jersey.
Nik form Man Overboard and I did most of the production work at Small Hill when we tracked the record.
Awesome, you guys have gotten good since recording the Transit/ManO split. I love the double vocal with a bit of distortion on the lower one on Jefferson. (Well, I don't know if you had anything to do with the split, but Nik sure has gotten better).