Pop-punk. A genre that hasn’t had much movement since its inception. It’s still founded in the tropes that is geared for a young generation of teenagers dealing with breakups and trying to mitigate their out of control emotions.
Patrick Wilson (guitars/vocals), Bennett Smallwood (bass/guitars) and Jack Kellett (drums) are Casper and there is simply no denying what type of band they are when listening to Lost Transmission. I’d say most of their songs fit nice and snug into this genre. Luckily, the band does it really well. They have a fantastic drummer, a steady bassist and a singer who sounds like he was meant to sing pop-punk. With this simple assessment it's safe to say this band will appeal to fans of the genre while won’t be converting anyone who wasn’t a fan of the genre to begin with.
They open with “Mayday, Mayday” which was possibly the most cliche sounding pop-punk song on the album. It’s a solid song but familiar to a number of bands from the past. The band blends some other genres in there as the album moves forward. “Out Of My Head” has a indie rock vibe and reminded me of Bloc Party at points. I really enjoyed the drumming during the verse.
The band gets emotive and a little more subdued on “Whisper in the Corner.” Wilson’s voice really shines here. The vocal melodies were catchy and well delivered. “Loser” and “Cut and Run” goes back into standard pop-punk territory while the closer “All NIght Long” contains exceptional performances from everyone in the band.
Casper is a really technically talented band. It’s a huge draw that I can’t say I always hear within this genre. I enjoyed this album. On that note I’d still like to hear if they deviate from some of the age old tropes in the future.
Overall, Casper is a no-brainer for fans of pop-punk. They do the genre justice and I am not surprised that have been getting a lot of buzz.
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