By Broadway Calls
The first single to be lifted off Broadway Calls' 'Good Views, Bad News' album, 'Be All That You Can't Be' harks back to the less aggressively buoyant Alkaline Trio/New Found Glory days of pop-punk. The verses of scratchy, heavily-repeated riffs, bass-heavy beats and snotty, punk vocals are reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World's 'The Middle,' while the chorus picks up the tempo and ploughs a more modern pop-punk furrow, even indulging in a handful of "whoooooa-oh-oh" backing vocals. Added to this are politically-charged anti-war lyrics and, while this is a subject that has been done to death in recent years, there's no denying it gives 'Be All That You Can't Be' the weight that most modern pop-punk lacks.
A classier, less manically energetic take on the genre that has an edge over the competition - just.