Run, Forever – Settling (For fans of Against Me, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Wild)

If I could describe Run, Forever’s latest release Settling out on Tiny Engines in one word, it would be raw.  As a fan of both their last LP The Devil, And Death, And Me and their split with The Wild, it’s been fun watching these Pittsburgh folk punks evolve.

On Settling, Run Forever extends their sound in every direction.  From the mid tempo, shout along opener “Good Enough” to the incredibly upbeat and optimistic closer “Forget”, we’re treated with plenty of anthematic, folk influenced, punk music.

One thing that really sets Run, Forever apart from other bands are the incredibly raw and emotional lyrics and delivery.  No, not emotional as in the beaten to death cliche of songs about girls and heartbreak, Run, Forever is much deeper than that.  These songs are gut wrenchingly honest, desperate and vulnerable, yet with a glimmer of optimism that shines through.

I’m very picky about the whole folk-punk influenced genre, but Run Forever’s Settling is a perfect example of how to do it right without becoming too predictable or boring.  Definitely give this one a chance.

Run, Forever – Postcards

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Mixtapes – Hope Is For People

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Mixtapes – Hope Is For People (For fans Matt and Kim, The Hold Steady, The Dopamines)

Cincinnati’s Mixtapes have been an incredibly busy band.  In a span of less than two years, they’ve released an album, 3 EPs, and a split.  Their latest EP “Hope Is For People” is one of those albums that just immediately puts you in a good mood the second it starts.

If you’re not smiling (or at least singing along with the whoas) halfway through, I’m forced to assume you hate fun or have no soul.  With 6 songs clocking in at 11 minutes (and one of those songs are just an acoustic version of another), Mixtapes really hit their stride on Hope Is For People.  Playing dual guy/gal vocals pop-punk mixed with indie, “Hope Is For People” is poppy without being too sugary.

Songs like “Where I Live” and “The New Ride The Lightning” are your relatively straight forward disgustingly catchy pop-punk, while title track “Hope Is For People” and “You’d Better Bring More Dudes” are acoustic-turn-punk jams.

I’m usually pretty picky when a band is this poppy, but Mixtapes does it fucking right on “Hope Is For People”.  You can’t go wrong if you like your punk a little more poppy, or if you just like fun music in general.

Mixtapes – Where I Live

Mixtapes – A Short Collection Of Short Songs
Bomb The Music Industry – Vacations
The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits
The Copyrights – North Sentinel Island

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