April 5, 2016

The Other Stars – We Were Kids

a2046092919_10One of the latest signings to pop-punk/indie label Take This To Heart Records is The Other Stars from Worcester, MA. Their debut EP, We Were Kids is set to be released on April 29, 2016.

Right off the bat it’s easy to get hooked into the opener, “You Looked Better At the Party.” Sprinkled with clever lyrics and husky vocals, comparisons will be drawn with Modern Baseball’s earlier work and it’s easy to see why. Don’t get too invested in this comparison though, The Other Stars distinguish themselves thoroughly throughout the EP. “Home Is Where You Make It” stands out as one of the best songs of 2016 already. Upon first listen, it’s easy to fall in love. The energy is deafening in this undeniably fun tune. Each verse is as memorable as the other and paired with a short, but, highly effective chorus. What makes this track work so well is its ability to breathe. It doesn’t feel rushed or overstay its welcome. “Cape Cod” & “Very Okay” work well as partners of the “lighter” version of The Other Stars. Their slow building guitar picking set the stage for booming choruses, catchy guitar solos, and excellent outros. We Were Kids closes with “Providence,” an expertly crafted acoustic ballad with poignant lyrics and brilliant structure. The shortest track at 2:21 seconds, it’s a breezy kick in the stomach to anyone who’s experienced heartbreak.

Rarely do I get excited about a band the way I do with The Other Stars. In this case it’s entirely justifiable. Their knack for extremely impressive verses, solos, and hard-hitting lyrics shows the versatility and longevity of their craft. The guitar leads are beautifully woven through each track to compliment rather than overpower and the result is a refreshingly unique sound. Without any gimmicks or overly poppy moments, We Were Kids is an old-fashioned indie pop/punk thrill-ride. This is a genuinely exciting EP that shows a tremendous amount of talent, poise, and heart. We Were Kids is one of the best debut EP’s I’ve heard in a long time.

Rating: 10/10

Posted by in Album Reviews and tagged as