The Years Gone By - On the Verge
Record Label: None
Release Date: May 8, 2007
While I’m willing to listen to any genre, I see myself constantly reviewing pop punk records. It’s funny to think that New Jersey once produced bands such as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Saves the Day, and in recent years, The Early November, Midtown, and now The Years Gone By. With one release already under their belts, these guys know how to win over their fans. Many different webzines were dubbing this band very fun and catchy, and it intrigued me to take a listen. They proudly present: On the Verge.
On the Verge is a pretty interesting compact disc. I wouldn’t refer to The Years Gone By as your typical pop punk band, because their sound has more zing to it. I started listening to them back in 2005, and quite frankly, this release has a really noticeable new sound. The record starts off with the single “The Translation,” which jumps right into and upbeat pop-punk sound with very smooth and catchy vocals, provided by Nickolas Madore.
I tend to believe that if bands are friends with other popular bands in the same genre, they become more popular quicker. “Them-1, Me-0” is a prime example of this concept. Just Surrender vocalist Dan Simons adds a hint of guest words on this number. This leads into the song that many other bands wish they wrote. The song “Anniversary” is just begging for some air-time. It's possibly my favorite track off On the Verge.
“You'd never know where we'd go, it's incredible
You'd never know where we'd go to be alone when
You'd never know where we'd go to be incredible now
Be incredible now (be incredible now)
You know me ,and I'll state the obvious
You're the light in my life
When I say I need you (say I need you)
You know the truth
Because my heart's not whole when its not beating around you”
The EP tends to lead into a different direction for the following songs. On the Verge has some songs that are great, but others that I skip, just to reach my favorite song. “A Steady Approach to Sanity” is another key tune. Like every typical pop punk album, it contains a song about a girl and trying to get over her. The rest of On the Verge pretty much follows the same concept as the rest of the album: catchy and fun.
Yeah, I say a lot of positive things about this EP. Trust me, you should not pass by this release. The band is very young and so far, very productive. I was amazed that this was up for a review because they should be the next “what’s hot” band in 2008. On the Verge should not be overlooked.
i've been debating whether to review this myself for quite some time. personally, i love this release, my favorite EP of all last year.
i think these guys have lots of potential, with songs like "the translation", "anniversary", "sever the ties", "billboards", and "high school sensation" all being solid in my opinion.
best of luck to them and good review, though i would have had in probably in the 85 range.