One Man Boycott is no longer made up of one man. Back in 2013 Joe Brewer released I’ll Love You For The Rest Of Our Days, which was an impressive pop punk album. Since then Lewis Chappell (guitar), Frank Rawle (drums) and Tom Hitchins (bass) have joined One Man Boycott and released Counting The Seconds.
Brewer explains he has a hard time explaining his music but to my ears the songs on Counting The Seconds sound like quintessential pop punk. If you are a fan of bands like Saves The Day, Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory, etc. you will have no problem embracing what One Man Boycott offers.
Most of the songs on Counting The Seconds follow a similar formula of distorted guitars and a catchy verse followed by an even catchier chorus. That being said there are some deviations that work quite well.
The album starts with “Sunshine Pizza Friends” which is indicative of what you will be presented with through most of the album. Right away the band impresses by exploding into time transitions that get your attention while rocking out choruses that are catchy and fun. “Fingers Crosses” is a pop punk 101, which is arguably catchier and more single worthy then the opener while “If Only You’d Stay” contains a similar energy and vibe.
At this point on the album I was hoping for something different. The energy feels so similar that I needed a change. Luckily they do this on the next track “A Monument For A Normal Guy.” I swear that the verse on this song sounds like it’s from a boy band from the ‘90s because of the production, the lyrics and even the soulful singing. Once the chorus arrives it feels a little more familiar. I’ll admit it wasn't my favorite track but at least they are trying to mix things up.
They are some more notable deviations such as “Short Like Summer” which at least in the beginning has a clean, acoustic feel while “If I Survive” is completely acoustic and very nostalgic.
I think One Man Boycott is better off with more members. Counting The Seconds is a dynamic pop punk album that fans of the genre will appreciate.
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