The two-piece band Famous For A Day comprised of Nick Newcomer and Kevin Ploth just released their first full length entitled Epilogue. It was obvious to me that the band went for a different approach from their three-song release The Pre-Sides. The band adds distorted electric and pounding drums with this release and for the most part does away with the acoustic feel of The Pre-Sides.
The band still plays pop-punk and still embraces the aspect of the genre that make it what it is. They also occasionally try to defy convention which is somewhat scattered amongst the songs. One thing that has to be said is the band's exceptional technical ability. The drum work in particular was often jaw dropping.
The band starts off with “Alinea” where the song is divided into two distinctive sections. The first relying on guitar and vocals. There are some engaging vocal melodies in there. The feedback starts to swell a little before the two-minute mark and eventually goes into full fledged pop-punk mode. The band has more success with “Memento Mori” which again has a more subtle beginning but with this time there are angelic vocal harmonies and great drum work.
“Hold My Beer, I'm Goin' in” has some of the most interesting transitions that felt unique. The moment that grabbed me was the pounding drums the entered around the 1:40 mark and how the anthemic vocals followed.
The first real deviation in tone is “Part of Me.” It’s an undeniable, sweet and emotive ballad. This style actually works fine within the pop-punk genre but it did kind of catch me off guard considering how texturally different the song sounded.
They close with the title track “Epilogue” which felt like the most ambitious song out of the pack. There are a lost of dynamic transitions, crescendos and a general mix of different genres. They end the song by pretty much going as epic as they could.
Epilogue is an impressive effort. There's no denying that fact. This is certified listening for fans of pop-punk.
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