Okay, so there is a whole bunch of great music out there that is not getting its due. I know typically when you see somebody post reviews about albums and the like, it’s in conjunction with a forthcoming release or one that is still hot off the press, but nah, I’m just going to start reviewing whatever I want whenever I feel like it, especially, because I think a lot of these albums are probably still going to be brand new to a the handful of people that wander this to this site. That being said, Let’s get it started with one of my favorite OC bands, HALF PAST TWO, and their release from last year, “CAMP SLUSHTONE.”
So right off the bat, the struggle is real when it comes to fighting the urge to sing along to these songs. The energy remains pretty upbeat through the whole EP and the catchiness burrows these songs into your skull with no intention of leaving. Point in case, my four year old has loved this album since the day I first played “Proximity,” (and he demanded I repeat it about 30 times), to the point where I catch him singing random verses about three or four times through out the day. And mind you, its the entire EP! So, for all you peeps with little ones, huck the Kidz Bop off an over pass and queue up Slushtone if you want something family friendly that your kids will totally dig, but also feeds your need for the some third wave goodness!
I really dig the overall energy of this release as it really is the perfect Summertime jam, as the overall theme of Slushtone seems to try to convince you that there’s good time happening something if you’re just open to it. Tara Hahn’s vocals and lyrics seem to challenge the listener to join the fun, especially with the cover of The Killer’s “Smile Like You Mean It,” which cracked me up to happy tears when I first heard it! As with a lot of OC bands before and after, you have a good amount of quick upstrokes mixed with some catchy Pop Punk chords, but while we’re add it, lets add some moogy sounding synths, some Van Halen-esque Guitarmonies and other fun as well. I could gush about this album for a bit more, but I’ll get down to the details, followed by a couple more music videos 🙂
“CAMP SLUSHTONE” by HALF PAST TWO