Candy Hearts is one of the best up and coming bands in punk rock today. Mixing healthy doses of pop punk with ‘90s indie rock and power pop, Candy Hearts have put out two great full-length albums (check out my review of each here and here) and a slew of EPs in a manner of only a few years. The band’s latest offering, The Best Ways to Disappear, is their best release to date. This six-song EP is pretty much flawless. From the opening of the incredibly infectious “Bad Idea” to the closing of “Ticklish” this is a record that dares you to not only love it but to not get it stuck in your head. The honestly isn’t a bad song in the bunch. Heck there’s not even a mediocre song on this EP, they’re all fantastic. Needless to say, this is one of the best releases of 2012.
What really makes this EP work so well, aside from the fact that these are six great songs, is the youthful energy and exuberance that is bursting from each tune. Candy Hearts have perfectly tapped into the emotions of youth, the yearning and desires and longing for that perfect person so much so that listening to The Best Ways to Disappear takes you back to those days when you were younger and makes you remember all of the great things that you experienced as a teenager and young adult (and I suspect for teenagers and young adults, this is the perfect soundtrack for life).
After listening to their music, one can easily imagine the members of Candy Hearts’ blaring records by Superchunk, Jawbreaker, The Breeders, and The Muffs throughout their formative years. This EP, along with the band’s other releases, perfectly blends everything that was great about early ‘90s indie and alternative rock with the best of pop punk and power pop creating a sound that is nostalgic and fresh all at the same time; a sound that pays homage to the heroes of the past while striving for a better future. For those who have never heard Candy Hearts but are fans of the likes of The Thermals, Great Cynics, and Cheap Girls or classic acts like Guided By Voices, Sicko, Sebadoh should give The Best Ways to Disappear a listen. I suspect that you’ll love what you hear…lord knows I do.