Jake from Ellington let me hear five rough mixes from the band's upcoming full-length and it's good stuff. Normally, this is the sort of pop music that isn't typically my forte -- but it's undeniably invigorating and vibrant.
Let me just say that with all this crap in regards to Runner Runner... take a lesson, guys. This is how you make exuberant pop music laced with synth and big guitars about girls and parties. Believe it or not, you can actually mention that shit and not sound like you're talking to 15 year old females.
If All Time Low and Hellogoodbye were super awesome, this would be their baby. All Time Low's knack for hooks, Copeland's vocals, Hellogoodbye's sound, Dashboard's maturity and maybe a touch of Cartel for good measure. That's what it all sounds like, if it were blenderized.
Much like Mercy Mercedes' record, it's a mammoth pop album drenched with melody -- no rough edges, no aggression (some mild 'tude here and there): just big hooks, barrels of fun and tight production. (Matt Malpass = genius) The keys really lift the record, and the harmonies are outstanding.
Just keep your ears peeled. If you like melodic pop-rock that emphasizes the pop in a good and meaningful way, with a real mature attitude that J-14 will probably gloss over.
Don't worry -- from what I've heard so far, no autotune overload or anything like that. I think people should dig this though -- not as soft or flighty as their last two EPs. Much poppier and zestier; it's like Chex Party Mix on tape!