Following on from 2015’s ‘Side Effects’, Chicago based pop-punks 7 Minutes In Heaven are back, and they mean business. After penning a new deal with Rude Records earlier this year, they’re sounding better than ever on their vibrant and entertaining 6-track EP, ‘Symmetry’.
The title-track and lead single packs all the punches. Picking up where they left off in 2015, the song’s catchy and powerful chorus is a certainty to get stuck in your head. The opening line “I don’t want to be the one to let you down / But I can’t keep picking up the pieces” highlights the band’s lyrical capability to write a serious track about self-discovery and honesty, whilst still retaining that upbeat, care-free pop-punk sound.
Second single ‘LOTL’ carries with it the positive message of individuality and living ‘outside the lines’, and it does so with a charm. The track has a very jumpy and energetic mood, with a feel of uplifting optimism, as is present throughout a lot of this record.
The are also flashes of early 2000s pop-punk on this EP, something which in the current scene is actually quite refreshing, and adds an extra dimension to the record. ‘Cellar Door’ and opener ‘Better Off’ have big, sing-along choruses whilst sounding more alternative than pop-punk, but still fit very neatly with the rest of the tracks. In all honesty, pretty much every chorus that you’ll find on this EP is really well-written and produced.
‘Symmetry’ really shows a step of progression and maturity from the Chicago lot, as they mix up the serious and fun in the sound of the EP. The future is bright for 7 Minutes In Heaven, and all being well, this should be the record that launches them onto a bigger platform.
Written by Dylan Tuck (@dylankightuck)
Writer for DEAD PRESS! | Literature undergrad with a love for all things punk | Often found sipping on coffee or craft beer, whilst attempting to write some words.