The debut EP Postcards & Paper Hearts by Theory In Context deals with a ubiquitous topic. The lone member Will Jackson says Postcards & Paper Hearts “ is a six-song EP of aggressive pop rock tunes that speak to the struggles of trying to find happiness and love in a world of depression and loneliness.”
Jackson makes straightforward pop-punk in which he plays all the instruments. The songs revolve around basic power chord progressions and Jackson has a nasally pop-punk type voice that won’t be winning any singing competitions but works fine with his music.
Postcards & Paper Hearts is a demo quality release that isn’t competitive with the sound of a professional studio. That being said Jackson is able to give you a good idea of his basic style and what he is capable of at this point.
The EP starts with “Elephant In The Room” which is a relatively short song that is just over a minute long. I was reminded of NOFX at times mixed with more contemporary pop punk. “Elephant In The Room” feels like an intro compared to the substantial “Rooftop Divinity (feat. KJ Barney).”
“Rooftop Divinity (feat. KJ Barney)” is a pretty basic song which features some distinct vocal production tricks which worked out well. Towards the end of the song orchestral midi strings and overlapping vocal harmonies get to a boiling point. “Friend Of The Family” has some decent moments but the energy feels like it never takes off while “Machinery” utilizes clean guitars and midi piano.
Jackson still has some work ahead of him if he hopes to be competitive with some of the more celebrated pop-punk bands out today. This style is as popular as ever and you have to bring something new to table or you most likely won’t gain a huge following. Postcards & Paper Hearts is a decent start but I would like to hear more energy in the future as well as a more distinct sound.
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