I must be going through an emo-alternative phase because bands I would never have given a second thought to suddenly seem to pop out at me more. Case in point: Fate Kills the Hero. Hailing from Malborough, Connecticut, FKTH is a pop-punk quintet with punky melodies laced with catchy lyrics and plenty of pop and synth hooks.
Comprised of Matt (vocals), Adam (guitar), Teddy (guitar), Justin (bass), and Doug (drums), FKTH start off their 11-track album, A Little Bit Louder, with the unbelievably catchy "From the Sky," a track that screams synthed-out All Time Low and Forever the Sickest Kids. Matt's vocals, while possessing the incredible melody of Patrick Stump's (Fall Out Boy), also have the sultry sound of Matt Young (formerly of Amber Pacific), so the mixture is something to pay attention to. Meanwhile, Adam and Teddy keep the song moving with chords that contribute to an anthemic chorus that will have everyone singing along (and probably does at concerts).
Fate Kills the Hero continues on with "Medicated," a slightly harder track that showcases Justin's bass fretwork, and Doug's drumming prowess perfectly. Then Matt crashes in on another ultra-catchy chorus, pervaded by "wha-oh's," and just when I think I know how the song is going to play out, I'm floored by the interesting and original use of synth (many groups overuse keyboards in songs like this, but thankfully, that's not the case here).
It's then on to "Bounce Back," and my head hasn't stopped bopping in the past 15 minutes. Starting with a great guitar note sequence, the song rides on Justin's pulse-pounding bass line, and then we're whisked off as Matt takes off on another chorus, proving that the old saying is true: "if you got it, then you got." And these guys certainly have it. Matt, save me a shirt, because before we know, Hot Topic will be sold out.
Sounds Like: All Time Low, Forever the Sickest Kids, Breathe Carolina, Mayday Parade
Key Tracks from A Little Bit Louder: "From the Sky," "Medicated," "Bounce Back"