If you’ve ever wondered what kind of record could be produced when two of pop-punk’s most iconic frontmen join forces then look no further. Simple Creatures is the brainchild of Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth, and they’re introducing wha they can do together on debut EP, ‘Strange Love’.
The offering packs a punch early on with opening track ‘Drug’, bringing in a combination of the quintessential “na na na” chants that are no strange inclusion from the pair’s respective main outlets, but this time they’re backed with an edgy synthpop vibe showcasing the direction they’re evidently going for.
Exploring a new genre allows Simple Creatures to delve into a world of darker lyrics and an almost grimier atmosphere. ‘How To Live’ proves that the pair are clearly trying to navigate themselves away from happy-go-lucky pop songs as one of the stand out tracks on the record. It also demonstrates how these two distinct voices work together beautifully; neither one seems to outshine the other throughout.
One of the strongest points of the EP is that each song holds its own identity. Every track has its own distinctive tone and story, whether that be the titular track, narrating a tale of casual romances and drunken nights out on the town, or ‘Lucy’, where they tip-toe into the realm of hip-hop beats.
Though not a far stretch from their past works, ‘Strange Love’ definitively affirms that Simple Creatures is a outlet that sees Hoppus and Gaskarth venturing into some unexplored territory. You can bet without question that they’re only going to tread further into the unknown as the project continues to breathe, and maybe we’ll see that what we’ve got here is not so simple after all.
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