Tonight Alive - All Shapes & Disguises
Record Label: Takedown Records
Release Date: June 18, 2010
Bringing a female face to the pop-punk scene, five-piece, Sydney, Australia based outfit, Tonight Alive, deliver a refreshing, edgy, female fronted pop-punk sound with enough balls to attract both a male and female audience. Lead by front-woman Jenna McDougall, these Aussies explode through the genre stereotypes, blending elements of bands like Paramore and Motion City Soundtrack to create a fun rock vibe that leans much towards the poppy side of pop-punk with their release All Shapes & Disguises.
How is it?
I knew from the first time I heard this 8 song album all the way through that this is going to be a disc that will be jamming from my speakers for weeks. Songs like "Wasted Away" and "To Die For" scream Paramore, with enormous, powerful choruses that are just asking to be played again and again, as McDougall's powerful vocals take control of each and every song and never let up. And from the synth intro on "Closer", to the sudden appearance of male vocals on "Rooftop To The Street", Tonight Alive throws something new at the listener with every song. Capping off the album is TA's spin on the Rufio song "In My Eyes", performed flawlessly as this Aussie quintet shows what a good cover needs to be like, taking a similar genre and making it their own. Leaving no room for filler tracks, All Shapes & Disguises is one album that is the perfect length, as every song is 3 minutes of delightful, female oriented pop-punk. I see nothing but big things in the future for this group of young, talented musicians.