Man The Change – Faded
Record Label: Bitter Melody / Death to False Hope Records
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
I love pop-punk music a lot. However, I won’t listen to just any pop-punk band, and unfortunately, pop-punk has its fair share of bands who are not that good. There are a lot of bands who are very talented, yet remain rather unknown. Brooklyn, NY four-piece Man The Change is one of those bands. Their influences include Make Do And Mend, Lifetime, Saves the Day, Hot Water Music, and Brand New, which is a good thing, because those influences surely show up in their music. Their third EP “Faded” is only about six minutes long, and features an instrumental track. However, it packs quite a punch, nonetheless.
The EP starts out with the track “Lockjaw vs. Razor Ramon” and the song sounds it would fit perfectly on a Lifetime or Jawbreaker record. Vocalist Mario Troiano has a very distinct voice, and while it’s so distinct, it has a nostalgic sound, too. Everything else is quite fantastic as well. There are also a few one-liners in this song as well, especially the line “So this is how it feels when no one cares?” For some reason, that really is a note-worthy line. Second track “Rapaport is a minute and a half instrumental. It doesn’t really do anything to add or subject from the EP. It serves as a short interlude, but I wouldn’t say it’s unnecessary. It does its job nicely, and provides a nice little contrast between the first and the third tracks, which are far more aggressive than “Rapaport.” Third track “Ninety Nine” leads into right from the former track, and it’s a very natural progression. However, it picks up right where “Lockjaw” left off, and it really works.
Basically, this is an EP from a band that’s just finding their place; it’s not an awful release whatsoever. It’s fantastic, but the only complaint I have is the length. It’s only six minutes, and this is a band I would love to hear a full-length or a longer EP from. They are a releasing a new record this November, and I would absolutely love to hear it.