Head Down – How It All Breaks Down
Record Label: Self Released
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Head Down are a band from Ontario, Canada that blend the lines between Hard Rock, Punk and Pop Punk with their refreshingly positive music that isn’t filled with any real gimmicks. Made up of guitarist/vocalist Dale Yungwirth, bassist Brad Quinn and drummer Krys Saudino, Head Down have just released their 4th independent release How It All Breaks Down.
What’s It Like?
How It All Breaks Down opens with a bang, opener ‘Up Against The Wall’ opens with a quick drum roll which leads into vocalist Yungwirth (who sounds somewhere in-between Shane Told from Silverstein and Ronnie Winter of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, which may sound strange on paper but it works.) singing “Breath in, Breath out / I cannot speak aloud” before taking over your ears with fast guitars and even quicker drum beats. The energy of ‘Up Against The Wall’ continues on to second track ‘Go Slowly’ which is a whole deal catchier than it’s predecessor showing Head Down’s ability to write a song that can blend the lines of Rock and Pop Punk.
‘Reclamation’ is the heaviest song on the 8-track EP with its pirate-like riffing and shows Sandino’s skill as a guitarist while and their ability to write a good Heavy Rock song. The double time drumming makes ‘Move Ahead’ extremely enjoyable, while vocalist Sandino really shows his singing ability on this track. Lyric-wise Head Down have a rather positive vibe going for them which is shown through closer ‘Made This Right’ which features lines like “This is our life / This is our high and here we will confide” showcasing a lyrical theme similar to the recent wave of Pop Punk bands.
How It All Breaks Down is a good release, but it does have it’s gripes, for one the songs start to sound the same on the first few listens but after letting this album grow it definitely does get better. The 8 songs on this EP also go for a total of 31 minutes and some of the songs, for example ‘Holding Out’, just go for a little bit too long and ‘The Median’ which just doesn’t hold up to the better tracks like ‘Up Against The Wall’ or ‘Made This Right.’ But despite these minor gripes, How It All Breaks Down is a still a good release and something to check out if you are a fan of Pop Punk and Rock.