Only On Weekends - Light Years And Heavy Lifting
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Record Label: Unsigned
I’m pretty happy with this new trend of pop-punk. It seems like a lot of news bands are straying from the style made popular by Real Friends, Man Overboard, and the like, in favor of a style closer to that of the classic early 2000s pop-punk bands, bringing in more 90s emo influence. One such band of these is Only On Weekends, who play fast-paced, bright pop-punk which will bring listeners back to the days when labels like Drive-Thru and Vagrant ruled the scene.
“Sugarrump, This One’s For You” is a poor opener choice for a few reasons, the most obvious being that the title will doubtlessly give off the impression that this band is significantly lamer than they really are. Beyond that, its overabundant use of gang vocals and typical pop-punk instrumentation doesn’t set the rest of the EP up well at all, and its chorus is built around a weak line: “Happy birthday baby/I hope this is you last.” The following track picks things up luckily. “The Prince of East 187th Street” has nice boy/girl tradeoffs during the verses and some fun synths in its memorable hook. The next three tracks follow in much the same fashion, only in slower and faster tempos, depending.
That’s the major problem with the album. While its nostalgic vibe is a nice change from the typical pizza, girls, and shitty towns found in many of the genre’s more recent popular records, Only On Weekends haven’t steered entirely clear of the other major trip-up in pop-punk. It’s only five songs, so perhaps that’s got something to do with it, but (aside from “Sugarrump”) the songs are hardly very distinguishable. Closer “Spondylosis” is slower for the first minute, but then the chorus hits and the track falls into the same rut. But perhaps, given more time to grow and more songs, Only On Weekends can really make a name for themselves.