Like Pacific – In Spite of Me  

Like Pacific - In Spite of Me

7.3/10

The sophomore release from Toronto-based Like Pacific has the band picking up right where they left off on their 2016 debut Distant Like You Asked. Another installment of anthemic, emo pop-punk tunes that’ll keep your heart rightfully broken, In Spite of Me (released July 27th, 2018 on Pure Noise Records) doesn’t shy away from what it is, and fans of both genres will find something palliative in these songs.

The lead trackIn Spite of Me” opens with vocalist Jordan Black sounding like a classic emo punk chanteur. (Are we allowed to use the word “classic” when referring to emo, yet? Well I just did.) The same can be said for Like Pacific’s overall sound; oftentimes when pop-punk and emo converge, the arrangements, overall tone, and rhythms seem to adhere loosely to a set of standards, or dare I say…rules, which Like Pacific don’t seem to be breaking for the better part of this album. This is not necessarily a knock, just an observation which brings me to make the point that fans of bands such as The Used, Story Of The Year, Thrice, and even the more pop-sensible Good Charlotte will thoroughly enjoy listening to this record.

Sedatives is the most accessible and hookiest track on the record. It reminds me of the bangers that Paramore and Billy Talent were unloading on us ten to fifteen years back. Lyrics that scream of teenage angst and heartbreak, like “Taking sedatives repetitive till’ light of day, but to you it’s dark here in my room.”,  fit charmingly with the vibe of the song.

Not much on In Spite of Me strays from the formula that Like Pacific have concocted. Occupy Your Skin,” “Had It Coming and “Steadily,” are a few more highlights on an album that has planted its flag firmly in the realm of emo-pop-punk. If you are looking for musical revelations, look elsewhere. But if you get off on bands that pull at your heartstrings, with a fast-paced attacking rhythm and melodic, high-pitched choruses, you’ve found your haven right here with In Spite of Me.

Written by Lee Ferguson
*edited by Kate Erickson

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What’s there to say about Lee? He is a lifelong Montrealer. He loves to eat in the shower and spend time with his pet Sam the Crow. Most of all, he loves music! Rarely seen without headphones in his ears, he is constantly seeking out new artists and genres, but always falls back on his love for 90’s rock and 80’s pop. Lee has been playing drums for over 15 years in a number of Montreal rock bands and is currently drumming for the alt-rock, punk/grunge-tinged band, Urban Spells. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Concordia University in 2007. So while he’s read just about every Shakespeare play, he promises to never quote any of them in social situations unless, of course, there is an attempted murder of the heir to the throne, then he’ll go all Shakespeare on everybody’s ass.

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