Famous For A Day is a two-piece pop-punk acoustic project comprised of Nick Newcomer and Kevin Ploth. That description is apt for their sound. On their EP The Pre-Sides the band unequivocally plays pop-punk songs from the high-pitched nasally vocals to the lyrics which deal with coming of of age experiences of a young person.
Pop-punk is a genre that is tripping over itself and very few bands in the genre are doing anything to bring something new to the table. Famous For A Day follows the tropes like a certified checklist. On that note this emotive EP will appeal to pop-punk fans who are looking to add on to their collection of bands like Mayday Parade, Fall Out Boy and so on.
Up first “Hold My Beer, I'm Goin' in” which works just as good acoustically as it would with a full band that was plugged in. The boys have done their homework and will surely attract a slew of young teenage fans who have trouble containing their raging hormones.
Up next is “This Isn't Even My Final Form” which is similar to the opener. The energy is more chill and the lyrics play out like indignant regret as well as appreciative growth. He sings about thanking his significant other for making him who he is but then on the next line the other vocalist sings, “I wish I never met you.”
They close with a piano led ballad entitled “Part of Me.” The song unravels like a journal of praise and nostalgia.
Ploth and Newcomer have the genre down and they do it well. I would like to see if the duo can push some boundaries on their next release. This genre isn't exactly new and is arguably the most oversaturated genre that has shifted in marginal incremental amounts in the last decade. This genre needs some new life breathed into it just like post-rock.
Overall, this is pop-punk for fans who are already fans of the genre.
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