If you’re a pop-punk lover, Brigades might just be your next favorite band. Brigades recently released True Blue, an EP consisting of six addictive tracks. True Blue is the South Carolina-based band’s first release since their 2015 album Indefinite and their fifth release overall.
Brigades was founded in 2010, and it didn’t take long for the group to become an international touring act. After a hiatus, the band decided to self-release True Blue. The result is an authentic and truly enjoyable EP.
Everyone can relate to having a little turmoil in their lives, making “Turmoil” a great track to open the EP with. With lyrics all listeners can relate to, as well as the echoing vocals and heavy drums create a classic pop-punk vibe. Knowing the band’s rise to critical success and burnout following their 2015 album and tour, the song takes on a whole new meaning, as the band likely faced plenty of uncertainty during their hiatus before coming together again.
“Buffy” has catchy verses and choruses, sounding every bit like an ode to the sounds of alternative bands of the early- to mid-2000s. Vocalist Darren Young questions, “Where does the time go?” throughout the song, a question all too many of us ask as we age and see our lives go by. In such a simple way, Brigades taps into that fear that time is running out, something very many of us feel at some point.
Looking for a song to relieve your angst? Listen to “China Doll” – it’s booming instruments and vocals, which sound more like a yell, provides an outlet to get your emotions out. Headbang or mosh all you want in private or with others with this punky track – it will certainly be a freeing experience.
The title of the fourth track, “Sucker,” already gives you an idea of what to expect from the song. “I’m just a sucker for everything,” Young exclaims in the chorus, and we all know where he (or the song’s narrator) is coming from. The lyrics appear deeply personal, which tend to be the songs easiest to relate to, making “Sucker” a clear highlight of the EP.
At first, “Calligraphy” appears to be a departure from True Blue’s other tracks. Opening with a softer, acoustic sound, the song quickly descends into the fast-paced sound we come to expect from pop-punk. While the rest of the track maintains the quicker tempo, the softer tones from the beginning appear again throughout the song, reminding us every rock band (and person) has a soft side, which is always a good thing.
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The last track on Brigades’ latest EP sounds upbeat, despite its lyrical content, which includes “I am down, I am bleeding out.” The contrast between the lighthearded music, which sounds fitting for a chant or a cheer, and the lyrics create an interesting dynamic. Those differences make for a memorable ending to an already great EP.
Brigades is comprised of vocalist Darren Young, guitarists Eric Morgan and Ricky Canter, bass guitarist Dom Docar, and drummer Jacob Wright.