Call It Fiction – Something I’ve Never Felt
Record Label: None
Release Date: March 5, 2011
Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Call It Fiction are continuing on the pop-punk wagon with their latest EP, Something I’ve Never Felt. Channeling acts such as Four Year Strong and Hit The Lights, these guys seem to be the whole package. One of the better vocalists in the scene? Check. Raging guitars and thunderous drums? Check. A synth? Yeah, that’s there, as well. Oh, and plenty of gang vocals, of course.
Call It Fiction start off strong and end even stronger with this EP. The opening “When You Give It All You Got, What's Left To Give?!” has all of the aforementioned qualities wrapped up into one grandiloquent track. Vocalist Elliott Blair soars throughout the track, accompanied wonderfully by bassist Alex Hylton’s backing vocals. The following number “Seasons” proves the effective nature of Alex Tucker’s synth. One may think a synth in this type of music would be out of place, but the guys make it work exceptionally well throughout the EP.
Following the summery “Seasons,” “Change Of Heart” exemplifies the chemistry of Blair and Hylton on vocals, as the two complement with each other throughout the addictive hit. “Sitting In The Crowd” is paced with thick palm mutes, courtesy of Blair and Nick Rinaldo on guitars, as this vocal pinnacle provides a softer, melodic side to Close To Home. The emotion conveyed within Blair’s vocal style is unmatched thus far on the EP.
The closer “2010 Couldn’t Come Sooner” is the highlight of Something I’ve Never Felt, and thus far and beyond the best track. The vocal delivery is as raw as it gets as Hylton sings “if this is the end of the world I believe it” in what is arguably the best pop-punk hit this far in 2011. The soaring guitars shine on the closer, as well, as they set the tone with the best guitar play on the EP. Brandon Young’s powerful drumming also adds to the track, proving the true full band potential Call It Fiction possess, a rarity for such a young pop-punk group.
For just a six track, twenty minute EP, Something has put Call It Fiction on the radar. Call It Fiction clearly possess such an array of young talent, as each track is just as catchy as the previous. I may sound hyperbolic, but trust me, this EP is about to turn some heads.
These guys are from my hometown and it's so awesome to see them play live...I saw them play with Valencia and Terrible Things, and they held their own.
Definitely excited to see what else they can do in the future.