Dropout Year – Best Friends For Never EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: June 12, 2007
Frankly, Dropout Year has stunned me. I’m giddy right now. As a disclaimer, I have never met the guys in Dropout Year. They have never given me money, organs, or favors of any kind. What has been sent my way, however, is the most promising EP I have heard in some time. Believe me, it pains and frustrates me to type “Unsigned” at the top of this page, and this sad fact is obviously not based on logic. If it were, Dropout Year would be scene millionaires and I would be their sexy cabana boy. Loyal readers (Hi mom!), let’s make some dreams come true.
Now just what type of music could Dropout Year play that has me so excited? I am sometimes amazed at what attracts my ear, but this isn’t one of those times. Best Friends For Never features eight songs of hook-filled, catchy and perfectly paced pop-punk tunes. I didn’t realize how good this was until I popped the disc into my car stereo. Despite the fierce rain, I still felt compelled to roll the windows down. Also, I think I saw God part some clouds and wink at me. He was wearing a Dropout Year t-shirt.
If I was three years younger, or presently knew any females, acoustic and stringy “Biggest Fan” would be the bittersweet final song on a 'lovers mixtape'. The girl and I would undoubtedly get married. I would later divorce her for a newer version, but we would always have Dropout Year. I will not soon forget these tunes, which is usually a problem for me. After one listen to “As You Wish,” I knew a long relationship had been formed. The song goes back and forth between dual vocal solos and driving guitars, and it becomes reminiscent of Yellowcard during the Ocean Avenue-era by getting chaotic for the sole purpose of resolving into carefree melody.
I'm aware you've "heard this already." All I can really hope for is faith in yours truly. Pop-punk lives or dies in it's choruses, and Best Friends For Never features one irresistible hook after another. Leading the way are vocalists Adam Henderson and Brandon Reter, whose voices meld perfectly without getting whiny. However, nobody is overlooked as is evident in "From Across The Room" with it's grooving bass line and forceful drums. Unusual for the genre, Paul Leavitt's production actually gives everyone a chance to shine.
For a time I felt lightheaded while writing this. I soon realized my ailment was actually something to celebrate; blissful confidence! This album will bring happiness to all (most?) who give it a chance. No detail has been overlooked, and Best Friends For Never succeeds with heart and just enough teenage naivety. Forget all that mumbo-jumbo, Dropout Year succeed because they are great musicians.
Recommended If You Like: Yellowcard, Just Surrender, believing this jackass, American Diary, DisneyWorld
Eh, maybe. I never claimed revolution by any means. I have been playing these tunes pretty much nonstop for like 4 days and it was just so catchy and fun to my ear. I think a lot of people will enjoy this.
The vocalist really bothered me, a lot. I think it's catchy, and if it had been released 2 months ago, I'd be giving it a few more listens. The problem is, there's a TON of pop punk coming out right now, and it's all better than this.