Let It Happen - It Hurts, But It's Worth It Record Label: Independent
Release Date: November 2011
Being a snowflake must be tough. You’d want to stand out and be noticed, and appreciated for your own qualities and talents. But then there’s everybody else - unique and special in their own right. Without getting out a magnifying glass, everything but the biggest, fluffiest snowflakes end up looking exactly the same as they float on by, collecting in a pile somewhere most people won’t take a second look.
I imagine this is probably an issue for lots of unestablished pop punk acts out there. There’s tons of talent in the genre, but very few break through the already established and well-trodden mold that’s been created in the past ten years.
Let It Happen is one such band trying to prove they’re the real deal, but isn’t quite there yet. The guys most definitely have their own talents if you listen close, and the first listen through of their second EP It Hurts, But It’s Worth It has enough positives to catch some attention. But once this snowflake lands on top of the rest, it blends right in.
The six-track EP opens strong with “Disconnect Routine”, an All Time Low-esque number with great pacing and one of the best hooks of the disc. Vocalist Drew Brown has got the pipes to give the track an identity worthy of a second listen, while the guitars provide some classic pop-punk octaves. It’s a good start to a fun ride.
Single “Bridges” and “Can’t Close My Eyes” are the highlights of the five songs that follow, with the latter showcasing some especially powerful vocals with a Starting Line vibe. Truly, the first four songs have a good cohesion, but things start to slow down by the fifth track, “Oh So Speechless”
The only real soft spot on the EP is the writing –its standard pop-punk fare through and through. There are plenty of notable acts out there that overcome the simplistic musical style of the genre with knockout lyrical content, and Let It Happen just aren’t at that point yet. Most of the other success factors are there, but run-of-the-mill takes on common themes will make most fans of the genre spin the EP only a couple of times before moving on.
But let’s be fair –It Hurts is an independent release, and if you didn’t already know that, you’d probably never have guessed. The production is solid, the songs are pretty well structured and there are some catchy hooks to be heard. There are plenty of labels out there that would benefit from picking up the guys of Let It Happen, because there’s a good chance they’ll hit their stride real soon.