Chasing Claymores – Hindsight’s 20/20
Record Label: Authentik Artists
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Not unlike other rising pop-punk groups in vein of Four Year Strong such as Kid Liberty and Kids Icarus, Chasing Claymores have an arsenal comprised of distortion, palm mutes, crushing drums, and addictive hooks. However, the foundation of their debut EP Hindsight’s 20/20 is thematically one of optimism, a very refreshing addition to their sound.
Look no further than the opening “Well Player, Mauer” for all of these traits, as vocalist Joey Shelly wails, “Doesn’t anyone accept who we are anymore?” The idea of staying true to oneself has been heard before, but the addictive hooks add weight to the words. Having a similar feel to the style of A Day To Remember’s “Have Faith In Me,” “Lightning In A Bottle” moves more toward pop territory, while “Youth Is Wasted on the Youth” recreates the atmosphere of late ‘90s/early 2000s rock jam.
Slick guitar riffs continue to populate each track, with the opening riff of “The Optimist” creating a swift transition from mellow to upbeat. The final track is easily the biggest stand out on the record, as the uplifting vocal delivery suits the controlled guitar work in ideal fashion – it’s this accessibility that makes Chasing Claymores really stand out. Lyrically, the track stands out in its own right: “Like a father who gives up when he chose not to stay / Or the preacher in the church who abandons his faith / I lost myself but now I am returning.”
As Hindsight’s 20/20 ends, it does so as a bit of an oxymoron. Yes, this type of music has been heard record after record – the riffs, gang vocals, hooks, etc – but Chasing Claymores add a refreshing touch to it, adding in their own blend of hope.