On their own, UK band Highlives and Edmonton, AB band Nothing Gold Can Stay are your average punk bands. When you put songs from both bands on the same EP however, their music comes together to form a lively album. Such is the case on their split EP appropriately titled Split.
The album opens up with two tracks from Highlives. “What We’re Built On” is a generic pop-punk song, with good vocals and a catchy guitar riff. The lyrics were well-written, and it’s the type of track that is fun to listen to when you would like to tune the world out. That being said, it lacks in originality and sounds like too many other songs of its kind. The second song “Losing Sleep” starts off being a bit too repetitive, but it’s much less generic overall, with guitar riffs alternating between angry and upbeat. It sounds as though it has been mildly influenced by The Clash.
The tracks from Nothing Gold Can Stay deviate further from hardcore punk, and have a much softer pop-punk sound. Their first track “2010 Was a Bad Year” is typical of the genre, yet the voice of Ashley Cadwallader which fits in perfectly with the track gives it a nice twist. The lyrics were also well-written and the song overall is catchy and fun, though it starts to feel a little lengthy and repetitive towards the end. Their second track “Sick of it All,” which is also the last track on the album, sounds similar to “2010” but with a sadder and angrier undertone. There’s an echo for the last 30 seconds of the song that adds a fun layer to the track, and it’s a good listen for those who enjoy typical pop-punk songs.
Overall, Split is a great EP for those who want a mix of punk-rock and pop-punk songs, and for those who listen to music for an energetic escape.
Written by Franca G. Mignacca