Some Antics is a band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They formed in 2014 and played all over the place, won a battle of the band competition and recorded a demo. The band decided it was time to get a professional recording and the result is Not Very Fun at Parties.
The band likes to say they are "pop-punk but without the clichés.” There is no doubt the band is pop-punk and I can say they play into enough staples of the genre that I wasn’t confused as to what they were attempting. The band has a lot going for them. I thought the vocals were consistently well delivered. They have an undeniable energy and they keep things interesting.
The band get going with “Now (Losing Control)” which comes out of the gate with a lot of energy. Pop-punk in general is geared towards a younger audience and that is apparent here from the coming of age themes to the uplifting, exuberant energy.
The band has some more success with “Why Don’t You Care” which is a catchy song. I thought the vocal melody was memorable the first time I heard it. “State of Mind” brings to mind a band like Blink 182 while “When There's Nothing Left” displays the proper way to go into a breakdown and get back out of it.
As the album progresses the songs are consistently good. “Headband” features the best solo guitar lead on the album in my opinion while “Cold In June” is a nihilistic teenage romp. ”Old Photos,” “Back In Time” and “Tim's Song” aren’t to be missed as well. They close with “11:30” which was a highlight.
I can’t say the band is breaking any barriers of pop-punk at this point but they certainly do the genre more than justice. Take a listen.
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