Life On The Sideline - Outpatient EP
Record Label: Self Released
Release Date: September 29, 2012
Life On The Sideline are a pop punk five piece from Connecticut. The band deal in those heart on sleeve tunes that bring to mind Tell All Your Friends era Taking Back Sunday with a bouncier edge. Outpatient, a two track EP, is their debut release.
How is it?
Well, it’s everything that it needs to be. The two tracks of the EP are catchy, emotional and bursting with youthful energy. First track, “Malone Avenue” is kicks off pretty slowly with an instantly catchy guitar line. More mid-paced tracks than most tracks of its ilk, the vocals are extremely reminiscent of early Taking Back Sunday and the track is quite excellent, if slightly overdrawn and overlong. “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is more of a straight up pop punk track. Fast, shouty and featuring rabble rousing lyrics, the track is fun and instantly lodges itself in the listener’s head.
Although, Life On The Sideline aren’t doing anything new or particularly innovative, there is a spark to them that is undeniable. Both tracks are highly enjoyable, with easy to relate to lyrics and an intense catchiness that makes Life On The Sideline stand out from the crowd even at this early stage. While this two track EP isn’t quite long enough to come to a full conclusion about the band, it’ll be interesting to see how they develop and manage to stamp their own twist on the genre.