I Call Fives has been steadily growing in popularity throughout the past few years, which is no surprise based on the strength of their string of EPs they’ve released. Someone That’s Not You is the latest in that string, and it finds the band honing their skills to display their strongest aspects, adding a few new things, and continuing to add to their impressive catalog of great songs. With three new tracks and a cover of a song by one of the biggest bands to come out of the ’90s, there’s something here for everyone. If you like pop-punk in any capacity, this should be the release that sets the tone for your spring.
The EP opens with its title track, an upbeat song that is trademark I Call Fives. From its catchy guitar riff to the driving drum parts to that little bass part that keeps going underneath the vocals about two minutes in, the instrumental parts are spot-on. The only misstep that I’d point out would be the screams in the second verse, which didn’t quite seem to fit the first few listens through. Aside from that, the vocals are strong, and the track has a memorable chorus. If you were looking forward to the high-energy emotional songwriting that could be found on Bad Advice, this should help you get your fix.
“Backup Plan” continues the energy, with an even bigger chorus and some great guitar work. The lyrics are a little reminiscent of songs like “For The Best,” but still seem fresh and are instantly relatable. While the energy might fade a little when the bridge hits, it’s in a good way. The songwriting is really strong on the first two tracks, but “Lakeview” definitely takes the cake for me. I’m a sucker for acoustic guitars, and I Call Fives truly excels at making acoustic pop-punk sound great. The song would have been perfectly at home on Gives Bad Advice, with its intimate lyrics and powerful wordplay. The backing vocals are particularly good on this track.
Ending the EP is a cover of Third Eye Blind‘s “How’s It Gonna Be,” which fits well among the band’s original work. I’m not a huge fan of Third Eye Blind and was unaware that I Call Fives would be covering one of their songs. Though I didn’t know this one before the cover, I definitely picked up on the Third Eye Blind vibes the first time I listened to the EP, but thought that it was an original, which is exactly what a cover should be. The style still comes through, but everything is so tight and seems so natural that, for me, this is an I Call Fives song.
Overall, Someone That’s Not You serves as a great teaser for the I Call Fives’s upcoming full-length, showing nearly every aspect of the band’s previous work, with new elements thrown in throughout. The instrumental parts are strong, and the vocals and lyrics are spot-on. This is the sort of pop-punk that’s right up my alley, and the band seems to be perfecting the style. I’m eagerly anticipating seeing them on their current run of shows and this year’s Warped Tour, and can’t wait to hear what they come up with when the new album drops this summer.