Tickets to My Downfall – Machine Gun Kelly’s cannonball into pop punk.

I’ve never been a fan of Kelly’s previous work but his most recent projects peaked my curiosity. Tickets to my Downfall has my attention.

The title track, quite literally it’s name, lays out Kelly’s approach to this new direction.

“I sold tickets to my downfall and saw friends in the front row”

He states in an interview with Kerrang he has no further height and people will only be interested in watching him fall.

Well this albums ferocity and exciting pop punk vibes will not be his downfall. It’s like he and Blink 182 had a child, perhaps not helped by Travis Barkers influence on the record.

Tracks such as bloody valentine, forget me too and WWIII all bring the Warped Tour feeling to you.

It feels perfectly placed in a caffeine rush of scribbled lyrics, band posters and late nights in the field drinking crappy beer.

Kelly hasn’t so much cannonball’d into the water with this record but strategically dived to make a big splash.

P.s. ‘forget me too’ featuring Halsey is a 10/10 song. My obsession with Halsey continues.

Pink Elephant – Stand Atlantic

Hear me out, it’s another album review but this is a banger.

The album is familiar to Stand Atlantics punk rock sound with a bunch of punchy energetic songs to kick us off before mellowing out to more lyric driven pop rock songs.

Stand Atlantic kick us off immediately with ‘Like That’ possibly my favourite from the album, with a catchy melody and heavy on the punkish rock. This showcases the band at their best when they drive up the energy and pop rock influence to deliver an excellent vibe.

The best tracks come when they repeat this formula over in records such as Shh!, Wavelength and Blurry.

Their rise is through the punk rock scene has been steady and this album will give them a little boost but doesn’t stand out from the crowd. That’s not to say that it is anyway bad.

Some of the tracks offer less of what makes Stand Atlantic great such as Soap or DWYW and begin to feel generic. Some of the energy is still there but lack that bit of passion we see with the likes of Wavelength.

Silk & Satin is another song that I really like, although its different but familiar to long time fans. It’s more of a throwback to their earlier Sidewinder EP and feels well written

Overall this is a very good 33 minutes. Its Stand Atlantics best record to date and shows growth both lyrically and musically. I’d love to see it on tour as I reckon it makes for some great gigs.

Neck Deep – All Distortions are Intentional

Neck Deep’s 4th full studio album is an easy listen with some excellent craftsmanship they have clearly gained over their many years.

The album is their punk rock/ pop rock style and stays within their comfort zone. This is what makes it a well made album. If you’re good at something don’t change.

My favourite from the album is Fall, the second track. It’s a bit darker in its tone but I love the melody. It’s about getting wasted because things might not be great but finding hope when doing so.

A thousand miles doesn’t seem so complicated, across the airwaves, with our connection.

Little Dove

Neck Deep have a way of writing that is great. This album is a story and draws on songs from The Peace and the Panic (excellent btw) and uses them to build a bigger story than the smaller ones we’re used to.

At around 45 minutes and 12 tracks it’s well worth a listen.