Tomahawk Chop - Another Summer Lost Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: August 21, 2011
Tomahawk Chop was formed after the break up of local ska band “The Third Estate”. The band hailing from Long Island began getting into a different genre, drawing influences from bands such as Saves the Day and Lifetime. Two years later they have released their second EP entitled “Another Summer Lost” with improved production quality and a more focused sound.
The EP starts off with a familiar fast paced song as Dan Clemens recalls a lost summer love. The subject has been explored many times however the introduction of local landmarks within lyrics makes it’s easier to connect to than much of the pop-punk from suburban settings. The songs are usually fast paced and easy to sing along to but when the band attempts to leave its comfort zone, it lacks the prime factor for good pop punk: intensity.
The songs do however exhibit some great instrumental work along with how skillfully Clemens can weave in and out of it. It’s easy to identify the ska influences especially within Clemens’ vocals. One line that sticks out is “They say a Bronx Block is twice as long but they make you feel twice as far away from me” that is said quickly and is very satisfying. These are the things that differentiate the EP from much of the pop punk you hear every day.
All in all, Another Summer Lost amounts to a very enjoyable EP for fans of pop-punk if a bit too familiar. If you’re a fan of some very straightforward fast paced music with catchy hooks, you will no doubt enjoy this. Tomahawk Chop has tons of potential, put these guys on your radar for great new pop punk bands.