Airdate - Getting off the Ground
Record Label: None
Release Date: August 2007
Airdate, a current four-piece pop-punk project from Long Island, NY look to make their mark onto the scene with their debut release, Getting Off The Ground. They have made their first step with a manager who has much experience, as he is the past touring manager for The Starting Line. However, this does not necessarily translate into a band’s ability to produce good music.
The EP starts off with their most upbeat and best song on the release, “Walking Alone.” Everything on this track seems better compared to the rest: the vocals are true and genuine, the beat is catchier, and the keyboard fits in perfectly. Unfortunately, for the rest of the songs, they drop the keyboard, except in minimal parts. The next track, “Everytime”, is the only other song that comes close to the capabilities of “Walking Alone”. It starts with a Cartel-esque guitar riff, slows down and picks back up with a chorus that you will surely remember after the CD has finished.
The next four tracks are uninspiring for a pop-punk outfit and don’t have much staying power. The vocals don’t include the passion needed to make them able to reach full potential, but no matter, vocalist Doug Del Gaudio still shows the capability of carrying the band. The guitar tracks are simple with nothing significant to get your ears caught on, and the drums are the best instrument on the album as they do all they can with the majority of the tracks being slow-tempo. The lyrics feel bland as well, being forgettable and something everyone has heard before. The chorus in “Enemy” starts with “You were never there for me back then / So why should I hold on / Try to pretend everything's all right?” To get noticed, they will need better lyrics than something a ninth-grader would write on their notebook.
Airdate has a long way to go, but this is only their first release. Once they learn more about themselves and music as they tour, the beats will only get catchier and smoother.