Sunday, August 14, 2011

Album Review: Idle Ages

Title:  Idle Ages (BandCamp, Paper + Plastick Records, Amazon, iTunes, Last.fm)
Artist:  Junior Battles (Official, BandCamp, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.fm)

Junior Battles is a pop punk band hailing from Toronto, Canada and Idle Ages is their full-length debut album.  The band’s sound reminds me of a mix between The Copyrights and Alkaline Trio, with a huge ‘90s pop punk influence.   

The record opens with “Seventeen,” an anthem about the compromises of growing up.  “Twenty Five” and “Nostalgic at 23” also deal with issues of becoming an adult while adding twists to the standard pop punk formula.    “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” and “Birthdayparties vs. Punkroutine” are both songs that have odd start and stop moments that show the band stretching the pop punk model.  The rest of the album continues in this same fashion, catchy songs about being young that stretch the boundaries of pop punk.   

Idle Ages is a very good debut album from a band that shows a great deal of promise.  I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.  Great for fans of The Copyrights, Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World, and ‘90s pop punk. 

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