I was reading about Wavelength by Jupiter’s Basement and there was a line that intrigued me. He said, “I'd like to think of this album as a matured pop-punk album.” Truth be told I’m just a couple years away from forty and coming of age topics in a lot of pop-punk are completely out of my age range.
The music did feel a little more accessible for me. I didn’t have to deal with the whole “tonight is that special night of our lives” type of feeling. The album starts with “Pull on Rope.” I was immediately digging the vocals which don't have a standard pop punk feel. It’s an interesting mix of influences including ’50s pop. It’s a catchy song that got me interest to hear what else was going to come.
Up next is “It's Alright” which reminded me of Green Day. He sounds Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. “Get Yourself Gone” has a similar Green Day type of feel to it but is also infused with this ’80s vibe not too far away from Journey.
“Radio Emergency” sounded like the single to me. It’s really catchy and the hook will have you coming back for more. “Knocking my Door” is almost equally as catchy with an accessible pop and mall punk feel to it.
“Ready” is very hopeful and cathartic sounding. It has a tinge of Mumford & Sons in that it’s hopeful and positive. He closes with “The Fire” which was another solid tune and pretty straightforward as well.
Wavelength was a pleasure to listen to from beginning to end. The songs are well written and produced and felt like a version of pop punk I was able to appreciate.
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