By: Sheena Lyonnais
Despite my maturing music tastes, I just can never get enough pop punk. It just pumps me up and puts me right into my element. The bridging of power chords, references to young love and an over abundance of catchy choruses have a forever grasp on my inner young teenager and I don’t care if almost a decade has passed (ouch), I still eat this stuff up!
These guys just landed a deal touring high schools performing and providing motivational speeches. I can’t help but be extremely excited for them. This tour is going to really help propel their success because their music is the perfect high school music. Don’t disregard it for this. Between singer Tim Stead’s excellent showmanship, articulation and blonde hair, a mass of emo haired young men in American Apparel t-shirts and tight jeans, and the fact they are actually talented musicians who have a great amount of enthusiasm on stage shows they know what they’re doing.
Next up was Cut Throat Kids. This four-piece is lead by the pint-sized-pop-punker Tyler Melissa Tasson whose adorable stage banter is just as noteworthy as her impressive vocals. They’re not quite as put together as the Ocean Buried, yet they successfully pull off a set of fun songs that follow unconventional formulas and rhythms. Obviously the crowd favourite of the night, Tasson and the kids tore through great tracks such as “Sparks” that were fun and easy to get into.
One thing I really like about this band is they almost have a punkabilly flair. If they upped the instruments by maybe switching to a stand up bass for some tracks, adding an extra guitarist (or if Tasson played guitar in a few more songs) and upping the distortion it would really bulk up the quality of the sound and the performance. Right now it sounds a little bit empty, but only in the sense that something is missing. Their music doesn’t sound like Josie and the Pussycats pop. There’s a lot of rock ‘n’ roll edge that is greatly appreciated.
Both these bands are definitely worth checking out. Listen to the Ocean Buried at www.myspace.com/theoceanburied