On “Road Maps And Heart Attacks” This Time Next Year make poppunk shine once again. Named after an album by The Movielife, it’s not hard to imagine what these guys sound like. I’ve always been and always will be an absolute sucker for catchy melodies played over muscular punkrock and these guys really excel at just that. Take opener “Rise & Fall, Curtain Call” for example… it’s energetic and melodic and with the twin guitars of Dennis Cohen and Brad Wiseman feeding off of each other over a beefed up rhythm section. Then add vocalist Pete Dowdall and his nasal delivery… it just works on all the right levels. Think New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik if you’re looking for a point of reference.
Listening to a song like “Alex In Wonderland” you’ll quickly notice that it’s not just vocally that these guys have a thing or two in common with NFG. Another name that comes to mind are Equal Vision alumni Saves The Day. If honest and heartfelt poppunk is your cup of tea, then don’t make the mistake of missing out on this album.