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EP REVIEW: Alicewell – Young Hearts

Alicewell 2015

If there’s a niche that definitely doesn’t need filling nowadays it’s melodic pop punk one, currently dominated by bands like You Me At Six and Don Broco. There are so many bands that became swamped by the genre, and it can be difficult to stand out.

Admittedly, Alicewell’s EP doesn’t sound like it’ll be bringing anything new to the table; but it sounds fresh enough – and different enough – to help them stand out in the densely overpopulated genre they fit into.

Lead single Lost You Once serves as a strong statement of intent for the EP – it’s clean-cut yet echoey, kind of Young Guns-esque, and bound to be a live highlight. It has an irresistible sing-along element, helped hugely by the sheer amount of guts in the way that vocalist Jonaton Nyberg-Kaski sings.

Fireworks continues in the vein. Insanely catchy and hook-laden, it’s without a doubt one of the strongest tracks on the EP. Honestly, this track wouldn’t sound out of place in the company of bands like You Me At Six, it’s a brilliantly pre-packaged little chunk of well-honed stadium pop punk.

While there are some moments on the EP that kind of let it down – Somewhere To Belong is still a great track, but saccharine sweet to the point of being sickly – the EP is actually pretty good, from start to finish. Even the tracks that come across as a little bit weaker than the rest are still pretty easy to listen to. Young Hearts gets to cross plenty of the hallmarks of the genre off of it’s checklist; whether that’ll be enough to help the band stand out among a pretty tough crowd remains to be seen.

6.5/10

Standout Tracks: Lost You Once, Young Hearts

For Fans Of: You Me At Six, Young Guns

Written by: Emily Laws

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