Casting Call - Values EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: July 15th, 2010
“This could be the start of something new.” (-opening track, “It’s Okay If You Yell Surprise”)
I’ll be counting on that. Hailing from New Haven, CT, Casting Call follows the new breed of hardcore-tinged pop-punk that has revitalized a failing music scene over the past couple of years. Think Four Year Strong and take it down a notch or two; maybe rewind a few years while you’re at it. Chalked full of gang vocals, and let’s-throw-our-fists-in-the-air breakdowns, Values will have you moshercising all around your bedroom.
“Burn It To The Ground” is built up through a crescendo of anticipation, kicking doors open for verses that sweat pop-punk from one line to the next. Besides, what pop-punk hardcore (What is it we’re calling it these days – easycore?) band is complete without a reference of burning something to the ground?
Intricate guitar solos weave their way through choruses and verses in “The Takedown,” accenting a hard-driven track about taking names with a baseball bat in hand. Really, who doesn’t want to take down a bunch of disrespecting critics with a weapon in hand and your closest friends backing you up?
Throwing their shirts into the easycore ring with empowering fist pumps (Jersey Shore, need not apply), Casting Call join the ranks of bands-to-be-heard with their first EP, Values. Clocking in at just under 18 minutes with this 6-track collection, they make the perfect soundtrack for a quick run around the block, or, you know, moshing it out in the privacy of your bedroom.