Writing a solid poppunk song is not as easy as it seems. Most people think you just need a bag of power chords, a couple of melodic hooks, lyrics about girls and a vocalist with a whiny voice. While they are right about the first three things, one thing you do not need is a girly singer. That’s something Canada’s Ten Second Epic understands perfectly well and so they found themselves a good set of pipes in the form of Andrew Usenik. While the rest of the band excels at using power chords and writing melodic hooks, Usenik is penning lines about girls. And that’s how come ten years down the line, Ten Second Epic sound better than ever on “Better off”.
Right from opener and first single “Young Classics” up until closer “Northstar”, these guys managed to write an album’s worth of entertaining poppunk. Fans of Sugarcult are free to rejoice.