The power pop punk music that Accidental Hero make on their release Pictures EP would seem absurd coming from anyone over the age of twenty-five. I would argue that you could also make a case for someone even younger. As long as the pictures of the members from Accidental Hero are recent they don’t have much to worry about for quite some time. The band members consisting of Jackie (vocals), Tae (guitar), Mike (drums) and Kevin (bass) are mostly likely still in high school and in their teenage years.
Pictures revolves around pop punk and is somewhere in between Avril Lavigne in her younger years and Paramore. The band is tight overall and they can write a decent song. I was impressed by the technical prowess of the band (especially the drummer) and Jackie has a voice that is just about perfect for the genre. Jackie sounds young, like a teenager sounds which works but she can also belt out a tune. She has some range and consistently is able to effortlessly hit high notes. I can imagine she will be getting better as time passes by.
The five-song on the EPs are all cut from the same cloth with minor variations. It’s fast and loud and as usually involves palm muted power chords followed by some sort of crescendo. They get going with “Captain Jetpack” which doesn’t waste any time with slowly introducing the band. After an explosive verse the band charges through an ample amount of changes and shows off their talent. The band plows through similar sounding songs like “Four Letter Word” and “Pictures” which will most likely take you at least four or five listens to notice the disparity and difference between them.
Comparing apples to apples Accidental Hero is arguably one of the better young power pop punk bands out there. On that note there are so many pop punk bands that are more or less playing a similar style of music with the same formation of a girl lead singer backed by dudes who can rip it up. Suffice it to say the competition is steeper than an American Idol competition.
If the band wants to increase their odds of getting noticed by a larger audience they are going to have to infuse some differentiating factor in their equation. I don’t know what that is but that's not my job. They built a foundation now they just need to show us why they matter. Until then their are plenty of people around the band's age who will eat this up.
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