Two parts Fall Out Boy, one part New Found Glory, a half part The Starting Line and a dash of Four Year Strong would be an accurate description of Painted Ox Records’ own Run For It. Officially kicking off their career with No You Ain’t, We Is, Run For It cook up an admirable release that displays exactly what there is to enjoy in the pop punk genre. With much to enjoy and little to hate, this album contains ten tracks of pure-gold pop punk goodness.
After getting past the silliness of the title, you will be pleasantly surprised with how much substance No You Ain’t, We Is holds. Bruisers “No Way Out” and “In Ruin” show off the figurative balls of Run For It while the anthemic tendencies of “Being the Better Man” and “Untitled Bonus Track” melodically feed off the group’s passion and energy with flare.
Musically, this record is pretty straightforward as far as structure and overall sound. Sticking to the formula made famous by New Found Glory, guitarists Jason Mack and Owen Grady keep the guitars pretty basic and bassist Adam Berryann and drummer Scott Minner follow suit in the rhythm section.
What makes No You Ain’t, We Is special lies solely in the charismatic presence of vocalist Tony Conner. Conner (who you may know as the former vocalist of pop punk band Bangarang!) lays down one of the greatest, most solid performances of a pop punk vocalist this year. With a wide range that comes off as a blend of Patrick Stump (ex-Fall Out Boy) and Dan O’Connor (Four Year Strong), Conner’s vocals never falter. Whether it is using very Kenny Vasoli-esque melodies (“Being the Better Man”) or unleashing his own special delivery (“Idols” and “Self Titled”), Conner proves be the star of the group, leaving the average instrumentation behind as his vocals prove to be the deserving focal point of every song.
At the end of 2011, No You Ain’t, We Is probably won’t get a whole lot of recognition. It won’t be mentioned among albums such as Gospel and Under Soil & Dirt, and that may be rightfully so, but Run For It shouldn’t give up, as they put together one hell of an album and will hopefully use this tiny spark to ignite some momentum in 2012.
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