You know when you hear the name of a band you were really into when you were much younger and your only response is, “Holy shit! They’re still a thing?!”. Well, that’s a feeling that many twenty-somethings will no doubt get when they hear that Forever The Sickest Kids are still putting out records.
They are, though, and on latest offering ‘J.A.C.K.’, they’ve not really changed all that much from the way you probably remember them (while we’re reminiscing, how much of a tune was that track with Selena Gomez?), with some of the most sugary lyrics going. This, comibined with the odd smattering of guitar work just remind everyone that they’re still a rock band of some sort and some absolutely huge hooks that wouldn’t sound too out of place on a Taylor Swift record.
There’s a few bands doing this sort of thing at the moment. You could probably listen to this, The Summer Set and The Maine‘s new albums one after the other and not have a clue when one started and the other one ended, but there’s something about FTSK that just makes their particular brand of throwaway pop nonsense that little bit more convincing than the others. Though, to be fair, that’s probably just the nostalgia kicking in.
Yes, the gospel-lite section on ‘Count On Me’ feels incredibly token and the “She was into hardcore / I was into rock and roll” line in the intro to ‘La La Lainey’ might just be a little bit too cringey for even the most shameless of us but, let’s be honest, you’re not listening to FTSK if you’re looking for credibility and depth. However, if you’re having a shitty day, slap this record on and allow it to batter you senseless with it’s super-posi vibes. You’ll be smiling in no time.
Written by Ryan De Freitas