The first impressions of Templeton Pek after hearing opening track ‘Who We Are’ is that they sound like some sort of crossover between The Story So Far and Rise Against. This is mainly due to the vocals, which ring out and compliment the band’s punk rock riffs that serve as the backdrop to ‘Signs’ which is in fact a really enjoyable throwback to all the heavy rock/punk bands that you liked years back.
Calling this album a throwback is in no way derogatory, the record offers up some really catchy choruses and pulsating guitar riffs, there just doesn’t seem to be enough of these bands around in this country at the minute. Take second track, ‘Trial And Error’; it has a fantastic frenetic pace along with a seriously catchy chorus without it ever being too in-your-face or desperate to cause a sing along. It feels effortless from this band, as if producing this sort of stuff comes easily.
There’s real emotion emanating from the majority of the songs on this record and it shows. You can hear anger, the hurt, it all comes out on this album. The vocals from Neal Mitchell are full of pain on a song like ‘What Are You Waiting For’ and it gives the song so much life as he strains with every syllable.
There aren’t many bad things to say about this record, apart from the fact that some people may tire of the Americanisation of the vocals. It’s very apparent, but it’s a very small gripe as that’s just the style of the band and, in essence, it’s what makes Templeton Pek and ‘Signs’ really worth a listen.
Written by Greg Spencer
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