Eric Bustamante (guitar/vocals), Robert Stewart (guitar) and Nate Lujan (drums/vocals) are House Plants. The band from San Antonio, Texas released a five song self-titled EP House Plants. They play emo/pop-punk in the same vein as bands like Modern Baseball, Weezer and other like minded bands.
The songs mostly revolve around youthful love. All the ups, downs and things most people go through in their teens and twenties. The songs are well written and catchy as Bustamante laments about broken hearts and better days.
The EP starts with “Woahzers” which is indicative of what you can expect from the band. Bustamante’s vocals are fairly subdued and veer towards monotone on this song. The style actually works well as the energy is really provided in the music.
Bustamante’s vocals are a little more dynamic and vibrant on “Just Another Song About A Girl You Don't Know” which is a catchy song from beginning to end. The song is well written and contains zero fat. “I'm Sure Something Will Come Out of This” is pure emo more or less about feeling sorry for yourself because you can’t get over a former lover. “Marlow” has its moments. “I Hope You Don't Hate Me As Much As I Hate Myself” is an acoustic song about the same topics.
I’m in my late 30’s and truth be told this kind of existential heartbreak just doesn't exist when you get older. There is some solace in that fact. You are a lot more certain of who you are and it really makes a significant difference in moving on. That being said these songs seem like they were made for a younger generation and that common ground can be comforting. Bustamante sings from the first person. He sings about his pain, his heartbreak, etc. My one piece of advice here is to include the listener in on the conversation every once in awhile. A simple change from “I” to “you” can make it a little easier for the listener to feel like the song is reflecting their struggles as well.
Overall, this is a solid start and I wish them luck as they evolve. Recommended.
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