Adalie – Actions EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: June 11 2013
If you’re a frequent user of YouTube, it’s no surprise that you’ll see videos of unsigned bands covering songs. That’s how it’s been for a long time, and one band that I’ve seen cover songs is PA pop-punk/indie band Adalie. I actually found out about them through a side project that the band was doing, and the name of it is irrelevant, but every Friday for awhile, they released covers of various songs, including songs by Brand New, Yellowcard, Foo Fighters, Senses Fail, and a bunch of other bands. I happened to see a couple of them, including a cover of Yellowcard’s “Always Summer,” and coincidentally, I watched it around this time. It’s been around a year, so when vocalist/guitarist Derrek Siemieniuk messaged me on Facebook about reviewing their new EP Actions, I couldn’t say no, because I really wanted to listen to their original material. I was quite impressed, to say the least. Most of this EP gives me an early 00s pop-punk vibe, but not to the point where these guys clearly want to be nostalgic. There’s a unique sound in here, and it’s done very well. Pop-punk is a genre that can get rather formulaic, and boring, despite it being one of my favorite genres. There are a lot of really solid bands in the genre, and Adalie is pop-punk best kept secret.
The EP opens with “Implode,” and it starts off the EP with a bang, so to speak. Vocalists and guitarists Danny Kirk and Derrek Siemieniuk trade lines, and their dual vocalist dynamic reminds me of a band like Man Overboard, who use that to their advantage. “Implode” is a nice opening track; it’s not even three minutes, but it’s pretty straightforward and to the point. There are even some screams at the very end, which do show up again every so often in the six tracks that compose the EP. They don’t become overbearing or annoying, but they add emotion to the vocals and lyrics. While listening to this EP, the biggest downside is that every song does sound rather similar to each other, but the use of solid hooks and catchy choruses keeps them afloat. Third track “The Struggle” is a more straightforward pop-punk number, but it’s got a nice hook woven throughout it. The fact that this EP is six songs is an advantage, because it provides us, the listeners, with a nice dose of this band, so at 18 minutes, it feels like a satisfying record. Every song is really interesting, but a couple just don’t do anything for me, because each song does sound similar to each other. Closing track, “Violence,” is a track that really interests me, though; the lyrics are really cool, and it’s a bit more of an aggressive song. Their sound is really cool, and everything is quite impressive, from the lyrics, vocals, to the instrumentation. It’s all solid, and everything sounds great together. There’s definitely a nice sense of direction on this EP, so I am excited for a full-length record. But in the meantime, this EP is a nice solid dose of pop-punk/indie meets a bit of post-hardcore. The screams are nicely thrown in, as I mentioned, but not to the point where it’s completely distracting. They’re not trying to be heavy to look cool, but to add some emotion. Lyrically, they remind me of bands like Brand New and Taking Back Sunday, whose lyrics were some of the best in the genre. I mentioned in the beginning of the review that Adalie are pop-punk’s best kept secret, and I still attest to that.
Thank you so much for writing and posting this review! We all really appreciate your overall positive remarks. For anyone out there looking to listen, you can stream the entire EP at www.adalieband.bandcamp.com.