As the saying goes “Another day, another pop-punk band.” The Tritones comprised of Michael Roffo (vocals/guitar), Nick Combs (guitar/vocals), Shawn Noonan (drums) and Scott Kozdra (bass/vocals) are high school students who are barking up the pop-punk bandwagon. Their four- song EP entitled The Authentic EP displays technically apt musicians who stick to what they know and that's pop punk. The band plays into all the tropes of the pop punk genre including a nasally young sounding lead singer, familiar sounding chord structure and anthemic choruses.
All things considered the band is off to a solid start. Let’s face it most high school bands are simply redirecting their influences into their own songs. Back in the mid ‘90s when I was in high school all the bands sounded like The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana or Pearl Jam. Today, pop punk is, if not the most popular genre with younger people, certainly up there. Even though The Tritones don’t have much of a defined sound at this point they demonstrate they have a good understanding of why people listen to this genre in the first place.
They open with “Trophy Wife (If You'd Read)” which is a fast-paced rocker that touts impressive lead guitar and metronome tight drumming. I wouldn’t think any of the band members are married considering their age but it doesn’t stop them from singing about issues that old guys with lots of money have. The vocalist sings, “I caught you lying again. Trophy Wife, don't try this. I caught you lying again, between him and our bed. I always thought we were on the same side, but you'll always find my eyes are on the bright side.”
“Kasey” revolves around distortion, power chords and a decent vocal melody while “Paper Song” is arguably the highlight but also plays into all the clichés of the pop punk genre hence sounding like a half a dozen other songs. You can’t have a pop punk album without at least one song that's done on an acoustic guitar and that what the closer “Dead End” is.
As of right now The Tritones is a run of the mill pop punk band but they have time on their side. If (and that's a big if) the band manages to stay together once the boys head off to college they will most likely be more refined and will have just started to find their sound. Hopefully, the band can dig a little deeper into what separates them from so many other pop punk bands. As of right now it’s a case of wait and see.
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