So I found this rock three-piece earlier today, and I've been listening to them all day. With melodies as catchy as anything Mayday Parade or All-American Rejects, native Iowans BackDrop give you your daily dose of pop-punk and much more. Made up simply of Landon Boyer (guitar and vocals), Alex Wiese (bass), and Brandon Hanes (drums), BackDrop deliver fresh Boys Like Girls melodies and vocal harmonies with crisp, new, Fall Out Boy-like lyrics. From the opening hooks of "Wish You Were Mine" to the continued driving guitar riffs and drum beats of "Halfway There" and "Almost Over," BackDrop revitalize the pop-punk sound with a new take on the scene. The real jewel, however, may in fact be their acoustic ballad, "Follow Me." I was more than happy already with their electric tracks, but when "Follow Me" came on, all that went through my head was that, maybe not on this first album, but definitely on their next album, these guys could most certainly write something along the lines of Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" or even Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." I don't know how these guys are able to work so well together, and frankly, I don't care. Everything sounds tight, crisp, new, and just great. Like candy for your ears. If you haven't heard of them, don't worry, I hadn't either. But get yourself up and listen to their stuff. These guys could very well be the next Boys Like Girls band to make themselves an overnight sensation. Iowa will never be the same.
Sounds Like: Boys Like Girls, Mayday Parade, The All-American Rejects
Key Tracks: "Wish You Were Mine," "Halfway There," "Almost Over," "Follow Me"