The five-song EP is a great taste of what’s to come from Barrie, Ontario’s Attention Anyone. This Just In revives that classic 90s pop-punk feeling without sounding like a copycat of any particular band. Although it is clear that Face To Face, Gob, and MxPx are huge inspirations for the band, they seem to be more of a nostalgic amalgamation of all the bands I listened to in high school. They aren’t afraid to admit it either; some people wear their influences on their sleeves, but for singer/guitarist Warren Forgie, he wears them on his guitar.
It begins with a classic tape wind up, then straight into the opening roll of the title track “This Just In,” and from there on, Attention Anyone serves up all the high school clichés: The broken hearts and the outcasted misfit all make an appearance in Warren’s lyrics. On the obligatory soft song “Feeble Guts,” they even do a fade out at the end; why does no one do that anymore? The closing track “Crash Course” shows these guys can write more than your average two or three minute punk song with the epic intro and powerful close.
One criticism I do have is that it’s not a full-length. On first listen, it sounded like a great driving album, if where you’re going is around twenty minutes away. The record begs to be played over again where you can appreciate the guitar harmonies and pin-point drumming.
They recorded in Barrie at Mojo Studios with Neil Devereaux and released This Just In on November 19, 2013.
Written by Jarod Semple