The pop/punk alternative act We The Hope comprised of Julio Sandoval (guitar, lead vocals), Nick Patma (lead guitar, vocals), William Millhollin (bass), Tempest Jinx (guitar, vocals) and Anthony Geertgens (drums) that have only formed about four months ago somehow managed to write and record a five-song EP entitled Hope Changes Everything. You would expect a band in the embryonic stage of their development to still be searching for their sound and that's exactly the sense you get when listening to these songs. The EP does little to attach a defined sound to the young band and instead sounds like a plethora of bands you have heard before.
The songs are catchy and the band has technical talent but the band will need to do some digging as to what they are bringing to the table that thousands of other pop punk/alternative hybrids aren’t. Hope Changes Everything sounds more or less like a refined demo. The sound quality isn’t comparable to that of what you would expect from a professional studio but is decent enough to give you an idea of what the band offers.
If you are listening to Hope Changes Everything on a sub par sound system you might miss the cool panning effects during “Intro.” “Intro” transitions into “All I'll Ever Need,” which is a girthy, almost seven-minute song that sounds like a straightforward pop punk. It’s not a bad song and in fact if it had better production it could be something you might hear on the radio. At the same time the song follows a predictable formula that you can hear coming before they start.
“Alpha” is a solid song but feels quite different than something a pop punk/alternative act would play. It’s pretty much straight up pop and at only two minutes feels a little like an unfinished song. That being said, this might be a good direction for the band.
The band closes with “Omega,” “Whatever” and “Hope Changes Everything” which are all decent songs. I have to say that the drummer impressed me. We the Hope may have been a little overzealous with this release. They probably would have benefited from practicing a bit more so they could establish their sound before committing to tape. That being said, the fact that they were even able to push this out in two months after forming is crazy. We The Hope is largely a case of wait and see. I hope to hear their next release and have it be somewhat of an improvement in recording quality and also define the band a bit more.
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