Interested in knockin’ out some asshole? Winnipeg, MA’s Stickaround has launched a self-titled EP that is sure to rev you up for your next big bar brawl! Released on May 31st, 2016, this EP definitely packs a punch. With a vocal force similar to a Dropkick Murphys deliverance, the sound is raw yet the production quality is rather high. For the pissed off teenager, this kind of EP could possibly be an appropriate addition to their record collection (or iTunes library).
The starting track entitled “Gameday Parade” comes in with a solid, catchy guitar riff that most definitely intrigued me; a big pop-punk fan. Although there are elements of this EP that I appreciate such as the fat sound, strong delivery, and no-fucks-given, passionate attitude, considering I am no longer a pissed off teenager, I don’t think that I would ever listen to this EP again for as long as I live. The reason for this seemingly insulting, yet simply honest, comment is the lack of variety. Each song on the EP sounds dangerously similar to the last; they all have that intensely dramatic vocal aggression that I just don’t dig, man. I don’t think it’s necessary to sound so pissed off in every fuckin’ song. Not to sound like a depressed housewife, but variety is nice.
Before I’m called out on being the big pussy, catchy pop-punk lover that I am, I will give credit where credit is due by recognizing the potential. It definitely is one to play while skateboarding with your suburban friends or making videos of ding-dong-ditching with your fitted, backwards baseball cap. For what it is, these guys did good. They released an EP as I’m sure they envisioned it, and it does sound solid, aside from the fact that they copy-pasted the same song six times.
Written by Keenan Kerr
*edited by Danielle Kenedy