It’s rare to see a pop-punk band, if any, to be so in touch with the punk scene (as seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHAuMCUrIVg), which is exactly why A Loss For Words remains an oddity amongst its peers, with its almost universal appreciation from both the pop-punk and the hardcore punk community (or at least, that’s what it looks like to me).
Their success hasn’t come easy though, as the five-piece band from Abington, Massachusetts struggled to get their music heard by the masses since their formation in 2000. Soon after the release of their debut full-length The Kids Can’t Lose in 2009, did they slowly start to gain traction with a larger crowd. I gave the album one spin and was a fan right away. Having signed to Velocity/Rise Records in February this year, it’s great to finally see the very first song released to the masses, “The Hammers Fall”, taken off their upcoming 25th October release of No Sanctuary.
Right from the get go, when Nevada Smith’s and Marc Dangora’s noodling, whiny lead guitar and rhythm counterpart’s crunchy riffs start to play, you know you’re listening to AL4W. That’s far from being a negative criticism, because the band manage to sound fresh and upbeat, without irking any fans by throwing them a curveball of a song in a style that they aren’t used to hearing.
Vocally, Matt Arsenault is as outstanding on the mic as ever, pouring passion and emotion into his singing. The song clocks in at 3:21, and to be honest, would not be out of place at all on TKCL. Making this song the first to be released to the public was a smart move by the band/management, and if fans were already anticipating the release, they’ll be foaming at the mouth now. All in all, there are no big shocks here; it’s business as usual for AL4W. Roll on, 25th October. We’ll be waiting.