In this MEB review, we are going to talk about babies for a moment. Don’t freak out now – what I mean is that if Rise Against and New Found Glory had a baby, this infant would very much resemble Knoxville, TN/Boston, MA natives Ramsey, who recently signed to SwitchBitch Records. They are a glorious mix of all that is good with pop-punk and the best of hardcore/rock that emulates a lot of early Rise Against, with the punky twang of New Found Glory.
In their six-track EP, You’ve Got a Lot of Heart, Kid, band members Nick Allen (Guitar/Vocals), Chris Hampton (Bass) and Dominick Good (Drums) have created a solid collection of songs that fans of Bayside and Four Year Strong will truly appreciate, and I am a new fan of the band myself.
They waste no time in the first track “A One-Way to Anywhere” to break out a catchy anthem piece, echoing lyrics “I’m doing my best to hide my hurt” that resonate well within the song’s punk stylings. The guitar work here really impresses as well; I hear a lot of cool chord progressions and the rhythm patterns really complement the drums. You can actually truly capture the guitar work through the acoustic version of the song, a unique addition that really sets this EP apart from most.
My favorite track – and the most uniquely constructed one – would have to be “Street Lights.” The song’s bridge sticks out a lot through its back-and-forth fade in the staccato guitar. The only downside of the track – and the majority of the songs on the EP – is the lack of production on the vocals. Now, I am a huge supporter of the blue note, but there was a need to enhance Allen’s vocals over the rest of the instruments. A slight addition of a natural reverb could have created a nice texture to the vocal quality.
If there is a song on this EP I would like to hear live, it would have to be “Versus.” From the lyrics to the dynamics, I would peg it as being the party starter at a show. Plus, what punk fan doesn’t like a good set of “whoas”?
Overall, my soul is happy I have listened to You’ve Got a Lot of Heart, Kid. For lyric geeks like myself, there are just dozens of great lines that you’ll probably be seeing on Tumblr sometime soon. The musicality of the EP is also something to be noted, as each track, like I said, has a side to Ramsey that is all their own, each one displaying a new concept and showing off their ability to bring out the best of pop-punk.
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