|The Copyrights - "Make Sound"|
Released: April 24th 2007
Record Label: Red Scare
The term pop-punk seems to carry many negative connotations in this day and age. Bands like Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy, and Cartel are clogging up the airwaves, and are hugely responsible for providing the mainstream public with a deformed and highly unsatisfying definition of pop-punk.
Luckily, in these darkest of days, The Copyrights have arrived to save the day, and they are about to make a lot of sound in the process. "Make Sound" is the third full length release for The Copyrights (following up last years stellar "Mutiny Pop" and 2003's "We Didn't Come Here to Die"), their first on Red Scare, and its a release that proves The Copyrights remember what pop-punk should sound like. It should basically be fast, simple, and fun.
"Make Sound" opens with one of the best songs on the album, "Kids of The Blackhole." While slower and much better produced than most of the songs on "Mutiny Pop" (it even includes a bit of harmonica), this track still starts the album with enough energy to get a crowd bouncing around and catchy enough lyrics to sing along to. This song works well to define the overall experience of listening to "Make Sound", because the listener will be able to sing every word to each song before he or she has finished listening to it for the first time. Yes, the songs on "Make Sound" are the very definition of simplicity, but this is a good thing. Moreover, this track also reveals the recurring theme of dealing with issues that arise from living in a small town like Carbondale, including: disillusionment, boredom, and just plain feeling trapped.
However, the themes of this album are all still dealt with in the context of fast paced and fun songs. For example, the second best track on the album (number 1 honor goes to "The Company"), "Flat", is a rousing 79 second circle pit anthem in which the crowd will surely be singing along with the lyrics, "there is no god/there is no such thing as fate/destiny is bull sh**/you're futures yours to make/thats why I cringe/every time you say you're stuck here."
Not one song on "Make Sound" will disappoint the listener. Whether it be the incredibly infectious choruses of "The Company" and "Pentagrams", the suprising and great guest vocals of Dan Schafer and Brendan Kelly (on "Planet Earth 1994" and "Unsatisfied" respectively), or the humorous referencing of Green Day on "Planet Earth 1994" (as they shout "made excuses not to like Green Day/but we wore the tape out anyway/what our friends don't know wont hurt them/of course they were doing the same thing") this album continues to please the ear from start to finish.
In the end, The Copyrights have proved that they are indeed the current saviors of pop-punk, and with the signing of The Copyrights, Redscare continues its quest to become what Lookout Records was in the 90's. The Copyrights, by releasing "Make Sound", have solidified their place along other elite pop-punk artists such as: The Mr. T Experience, Screeching Weasel, The Lillingtons, The Methadones, Teenage Bottlerocket, Descendents etc...Don't miss "Make Sound", because its the best release of the year in this particular genre.
Standout Tracks Include: Kids of the Blackhole, Knee Deep, Pentagrams, The Company, Planet Earth 1994, Flat, Unsatisfied
Recommended if you like: The Lillingtons, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Ergs, The Leftovers, The Methadones