Brighter Brightest - Welcome Home Release Date: May 5, 2009
Pop-punk has become a genre where creativity is hard to come by. In the past couple years, very few bands have emerged that feel like they have lasting value. Fortunately, Brighter Brightest are not one of these bands. Although their music is not the most innovative for the pop-punk genre, they have an undeniable amount of enjoyability and talent.
This quartet, hailing from Aurora, Ontario, have released one of the best EPs pop-punk has seem in a while. The opening track "Welcome Home" will drag listeners in with it's incredibly catchy chorus and upbeat riffs. The song gives listeners an impression of what to expect from Welcome Home.
"Turn It Up", the EPs second track, is definitely the weakest track, although it does not bring the EP down in the slightest. The song continues the same sound presented in "Welcome Home" but doesn't pack as much of a punch. The next track, "Something's Gotta Change", being with great vocals from vocalist/guitarist Derek Hoffman, but in the end the song doesn't compare to the energy from the opening track "Welcome Home".
Welcome Home finishes off with the two strongest tracks on the EP. "Only Wish" starts off with distorted vocals and guitar leading into the first verse. The song's verses are much more low key/quieter then the other songs, making it stand out in good way. The closing song "Last Lie" is the strongest song the band has released so far. The layout of the song is similar to that of "welcome Home" but it feels like it has even more energy. "Last Lie" leaves listeners pleased but wanting more.
To most people, the biggest appeal might be the lack of gimmicky synthesizers and cheesy lyrics about girls. It may also be the fact that not many bands have done this sound this good in the recent year or two. With a full length album due out this year, Brighter Brightest could become one of the front runners in the pop-punk genre.