The Fallaways – Sunset Ave

7/10

I’m sorry, but if you’re still making pop-punk in 2020, Henri’s Bucketlist Music Reviews rating tops out at 7/10. This EP is yet another great effort lacking in musical originality.

Don’t get me wrong; I love pop-punk as much as the next person. I grew up with it like everyone else in ‘90s North America. In fact, I had fun relistening to Green Day’s Dookie after reading Shawn’s fantastic Rearviewmirror piece about it just a couple of weeks ago. 

I also enjoyed The Fallaways’ 6-song, 17-minute EP, Sunset Ave, released independently July 17th, 2020. It absolutely rips! This band is tight, and they are led by charismatic singer Jason Koster, whose genre-appropriate nasal voice has just enough grit to be convincing. However, I didn’t experience anything near the level of excitement my teenage self did when I first discovered albums like Dookie. 

That’s because pop-punk was crystallized by a handful of big names like Blink-182, The Offspring and Good Charlotte during a short time period. Everything subsequent to that can be considered a glorified tribute.

That’s the only thing that’s really wrong with this EP, though! Otherwise, it’s a fun collection of songs. Opening track “Dumb” embodies the youthful party mentality that is so essential to much of punk rock in general: “I wanna be stupid just like you!” Afterwards, the self-deprecating vibe comes in with “Feeling Low.” I think we can forgive the guys here for using chord progressions and melodies we’ve all heard before; after all, there’s only so much you can do with power chords.

And so on, and so forth. The Fallaways keep the party going with a decent but forgettable EP that only die-hard fans of pop-punk will truly drool over. It’s kind of cool that they decided to “break the rules” by closing this one with the slow, brooding “Still Alive,” but it takes a bit more than that to pique my musical curiosity.

Written by Henri Brillon
*Edited by Dominic Abate

About Henri Brillon 25 Articles
Don't let Henri's conventional style fool you; there's a maze of subtle sounds in that noggin of his. After discovering his dad's records and CDs, Henri became a lover of classic hard rock. He then found his true passion for any music that breaks the rules: progressive, psychedelic, improvisational, metal, experimental and more. At concerts, the musical experience is equally as important to Henri as the intellectual one; good shows should trigger personal reflexion and deep questions! When he's not busy feeding the mainstream monster as web editor at The Beat 92.5, Henri assumes bass guitar duties for Montreal pop-funk band Neon Rise. He's also been known to strum out the occasional acoustic folk ballad under his own name – sometimes in English, sometimes in French. Henri dabbles in photography and videography, and has been an avid skier his entire life.

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