Saturday, January 9, 2010

Gaining the Freshman 15

So I know it's been a few weeks since this show, but I had to write about them. I saw these guys when they played with Disco Curtis and Seven Story Fall on the 18th of December, and I gotta say, I was so blown away by them that I had to write a blog about them, and I knew I had to wait a few weeks to decide how to write this, and do these guys justice. (By the way, in case you were all wondering, the show was AMAZING! Disco Curtis and Seven Story Fall were awesome, and put together with Freshman 15, one of the best shows I've seen in a while).
Anyway, on to what you came here to read. These guys are from right here in Atlanta, GA, and will soon be taking the pop-punk scene by storm, if they haven't already. Composed of Davey Fortner (vocals and guitar), Kyle Moshier (guitar and vocals), Davey Hoogerwerf (bass and vocals), and Jeremy Smith (drums), Freshman 15, I can most certainly say, deliver slick, polished recordings, and a killer, get-your-ass-up-and-jump show. These guys impressed me so much, I knew they'd be huge in the coming months, and I'd bet my left kidney I'm right.
But enough of my digressions. F15's debut album, Throw Up Your Hands for One Night Stands,was released this year, and with a debut like this, these guys have just totally kicked the doors open for their careers. The first song I listen to from the album is "What Are Friends For?," a killer, pop-punk track that just blasts me off from second one. Rising on the opening guitar riffs from Davey F. and Moshier, I'm carried to a crashing commencement as Davey H. and Smith pound in on the bass and drums, respectively. Davey F.'s vocals are brilliant, and with backing vocals by Moshier and Davey H., there's no way you can escape humming this song to the point where it'll drive you insane. But somehow I'm ok with that, and already, F15 have fleshed out their Blink-182 and Sum 41 influences, and we're all the happier for it. A fantastic first track, and one I would most certainly reccommend starting with.
The second track on my set-list is "Our California Song." Here, F15 continue their Blink influences, but expand the sound among great palm-mutes from Davey F. and Moshier, and clever lyrics amid crashing drums from DDD and thumping bass lines from Davey H. Moshier and the two Davey's blend their vocals to create a briliant tapestry of melody and tunefullness. I particularly love Smith's drum roll into palm-mutes from Davey F., and Davey H.'s bass takes on an almost Krist Novaselic-like style pumping along, giving was a reason to sway in the audience. Still, though, I can't get past the amazing blending of the members' vocals; these just breathe life directly into the song, and make it certainly one of the must-hear tracks from the album.
"Are You Ready for This?" continues the pop-punk sound, and again, delivering clever, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, is just one of the fun songs on the album. This is definitely a song I'd expect to hear in the next American Pie sequel. It's just fun-loving, head-banging, popping fun. Davey F. and Moshier lock their guitars tighly as Davey H. and Smith are perfectly synched on the rhythm section. Once again, I can't stress enough the vocals. Clearly one of F15's grreatest strengths, Davey F.'s, Davey H.'s, and BBB's vocals are sweet, something you can sink your teeth into. A five-star track if I ever heard one.
Though I'd love to go on and on about other fantastic songs from the album, like the melody-driven "Count on It," I feel that would just be overkill, since we've clearly already established that F15's sound is fantastic. All that's left to say now is that I can't wait to see these guys play live again, and I'm sure that they'll rock just as hard as they did on the 18th. A little fun fact: they're now selling F15 shirts in Hot Topic. Haha. Now what was that about bursting on to the pop-punk scene? Oh right, here they come, Freshman 15. So open your ears, and get ready for a pop-punk revolution as these boys make Atlanta proud as they take over the punk scene from the ground up. Fantastic.

Sounds Like: Blink-182, Sum 41, Lit, Hit the Lights

Key Tracks from Throw Up Your Hands for One Night Stands: "What Are Friends For?," "Our California Song," "Are You Ready for This?," "Count on It"

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