Con Etiquette is a pop-punk band formed in Connecticut during the fall of 2014. Following a thought-provoking tattoo session on frontman Antonino by drummer Mikey, the pair realized their love of music ought to be put to good use. Later joined by guitarist Vin and bassist Brian, the band released a debut album last year and released their sophomore album entitled Resulting In… this year.
Throbbing power chords plunge listeners into the punk-fueled world of Con Etiquette. Fans of Billy Talent and pop punk insanity, prepare to meet auditory enjoyment. The opening track “Got This Way” is an emotive and explosive start to this album and this band. Short and sweet - it surmises the band perfectly. Nothing more needed to be said or done. The singing is vibrant and punchy and the instruments are tightly packed together. Melody and angst meld together smoothly.
“Lead the Way” takes a gentler approach. Emotion and passion are two words which mean the world to these boys, though at times the vocals could benefit from a little reservation - dynamic range goes a long way when singing. Still, the singing itself is spot on and the instrumentals are infectious. Punchy chords, chaotic drumming and bursts of electric lead guitar which whirr and screech over the madness; these elements all create the punk-pop blend that people originally loved. The power of punk combined with the beautiful rhythms and melody found in pop.
But it is ‘Human and the Divine’ which remains the most incredible display of catchy pop balladry and raw, angst-fueled power on this album. Singing verging on the point of primal screaming pushes its way forward atop crunchy, distorted power chords and crashing cymbals. A thumping, pounding beat punches through the verses, building gradually and tensely towards each climactic chorus. It is the perfect summation of what this band is all about.
All in all, this is a follow-up to what I can assume was an equally well-written, produced and performed debut album. This band should be up there in the big leagues with all the other pop punk greats, but even if they’re not, you can still listen to them and enjoy them just as much as you would any huge act.
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