Brodie Knight Sawyer (vocals/guitar), Jesse Magana (guitar), Dave Schwaller (vocals/bass) and Matty DeCarlo (drums) are Sprockets. They are an alternative pop rock band originally from Boise, ID, that transferred to Las Vegas. The band recently released Self Made which is a four- song EP.
The band has an energy, adrenaline inducing sound. Their music made me think of playing the video game Crazy Taxi. The music has a coming of age-like quality which reminded me of pop punk. I would say that combines with a hard rock type vibe on these songs.
They storm out of the gates with “SELF MADE'' which is a good example of what I’m referring to. The band The Offspring came to mind. There are guitar scraps, exuberant vocals and just an ongoing combination of instruments that will keep your fists pumping.
They continue with that energy on “Graffiti (Feat. Jesse Lawson)” which really cements their sound. The band crushes but I also enjoyed the sparse verse which made the chorus more powerful.
I was waiting for a ballad type of song because I usually get at least one with pop punk. “Neon Alley” is sort of half a ballad. The beginning and end of the song revolves around acoustic guitar and orchestral strings but the middle rocks hard just like all the other songs.
“Romantic As Hell'' is the closer and arguably the most intense song in the batch. The double bass drum action was intense and metronome like in its delivery.
This album felt like classic pop punk to my ears and I think fans of that genre will appreciate this brief but powerful EP.
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