Bad Luck are doing a crappy job of living up to their band name. They originally released “Cold Bones” late last year and then signed a deal with Tragic Hero Records before heading back to the studio to record a better version of the album with Brett Romnes (I Am the Avalanche) and Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank, Something Corporate). Not too bad, right?
Listening to “Cold Bones”, I can understand why good things are happening for this Daytona Beach outfit. The songs on here are powerful, earnest and melodic as fuck with plenty of sing-along parts. It’s equal parts Menzingers, Off With Their Heads and Brand New… and it’s all good! The way they weave the dual vocals together before building up to another bigass chorus is a formula that has been used before but these guys are really good at making you forget that fact. They are so eager and enthousiastic you keep expecting them to stumble over one another but the hard-hitting rhythm section keeps everyone in check while the guitars are either firing off another riff or intricately swirling around each other. When the band slows down for the acoustic “Lantern Park”, it doesn’t sound like the obligatory acoustic track. Rather it seamlessly blends in with the rest of the material, which can be said about the slow-burning title track at the end of the album as well.
There is a lot going on throughout “Cold Bones” but I couldn’t find a single dud on the entire album. Honestly, I would like to wish these guys the worst love life ever, if it means they’ll keep cranking out tunes like the ones on “Cold Bones”!