Why can’t music just be fun anymore? Do we really need to keep associating the tunes we bump into specific genres? Bike Club says “F- all that, let’s have a good time.” Following in the footsteps of Toronto’s iconic pop-punk bands, this act pays homage to their scene while delivering a much-needed refresh to the genre. Their debut EP Find Romance doesn’t try to be anything it isn’t and stays true to their sound.
From the opening track, I could tell that the production style perfectly matched the band’s sound: raw, simple, and effective. The Ramones, Hollerado and early Arctic Monkeys all came to mind. The guitarist gave that old-school punk sound without relying on just basic power chords, and the rhythm section kept it energetic and spicy at every turn. In particular, “Heart Beating,” “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Where Do We Go On” stood out as the most compelling tracks for this release. I do feel that the two other ones fell a bit short considering originality. Perhaps they could have filled those slots with stylistically different tunes.
Lyrically, it was pretty well written all around, yet I was left wanting more. Every songwriter knows this is one of the hardest aspects when composing a song, and it’s no area to be slacking off in. Chanting “It’s all gonna be alright,” for example, is by no means an original lyric and unfortunately turned me off from their track “Find Romance.” Although Bike Club deserve praise for their well-executed sound and energy, I think that it would be highly beneficial to the flow of their future releases if they were to include songs that go slightly beyond their comfort zone.
With an absolute ocean of homogenous pop-punk bands plaguing today’s scene, I was thoroughly surprised by how much I enjoyed this album. Aside from some occasional repetitive lyrics, nothing stood out to me as “wrong” or unpleasant. If you’re a fan of no-nonsense rock and some good ol’ fun, stay tuned for what’s to come from this small Toronto band.
Written by Davide Spinato
*Edited by Dominic Abate