Two O’Clock Courage – Sequenced From the Bloodstream
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: January 9, 2010
SUBJECT: The pop punk scene of 2010.
DENOTATION: Catchy, fun music. Occasionally crunchy.
CONNOTATION: Splashes of neon. A dash of synthesizer. Auto-Tune.
At first listen, one would think Two O’ Clock Courage had done an in-depth study on the trends of contemporary pop-punk. With crunchy riffs, the occasional br00t4l screams, and a synthesizer backing all of it, the band sounds like Four Year Strong dipped in a carton of sugar and served with a coating of chocolate and an occasional hint of AutoTune. However, for all the cred-killing trend-following this EP does, it is, at its core, a fairly strong effort. Every time the band does something pretentious (like placing a 30-second interlude as the second song out of six), they make up for it with fun, catchy-as-balls, pop-punk that seems destined to win over scene kids and AbsolutePunk pop-punk elitists alike.
The EP starts off with “Dickie Greenleaf’s Revenge,” an uber-catchy romp that features some surprisingly skilled guitar work. “Kid Tested, Todd Approved” is an another upbeat track with some great harmonies, and a co-ed vocal dynamic. “See You At The Aftermath” mixes things up with a sparkling, Auto-Tuned intro before launching into a crunchy, catchy track reminiscient of A Day To Remember on synth steroids. “Bring the Digital Rain” has to be the least memorable song on the EP, despite the fact that it is a fairly average pop-punk track. EP closer “Stadium Lights” features another twinkling synth intro before morphing in to crunchy pop-punk with a gang vocals section that would make A Day To Remember jealous.
With Sequenced From The Bloodstream, Two O’ Clock Courage has released a fun pop-punk effort that will wow fans and skeptics alike despite its somewhat annoying conformation to the current trends of pop-punk. Expect some big things from these dudes in the future, because I can guarantee this will not be the last that you hear of them.