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Artist: Higley (Facebook, BandCamp, Spotify)
Higley is the brainchild of former G-WHIZ guitarist Kevin Carl and is nothing short of brilliant. Boasting members of ALL/Descendents, Pollen, and River City High, Higley plays absolutely perfect melodic pop punk. The band recorded and released two songs back in 2012 and is now back with a new lineup and a flawless full-length debut. The album opens with the instant classic anthem "That's Not Me" a song that poignantly deals with the confusion of growing up and losing oneself in adulthood and middle-age. This is a theme that is found throughout the record's 12 songs and while there is a frustration that is palpable, there's also hope and a desire to make tomorrow better than today. It's that uplifting undertone, a need for the simple things in life, that really brings Higley together and makes it something truly special. And that's not even getting in to how insanely good this record is musically. The hooks in these songs have their own hooks, the choruses are powerful, the melodies are tight, and the vocals drip with passion. Oh and the band completely shreds. This record is a must for fans of pop punk, melodic punk, melodic hardcore, or just top notch pop songs played at 11.