Pacer hail from the UK and bring the whole world of punk together with their strong album bringing a classic-meets-modern vibe about the entire record that is ‘Mechanical’. If you enjoy the main pop-punk riffs shoved along with Gnarwolves styled angry vocals, then you’re in luck with these guys. The record doesn’t show off much in the way of new sound, but it’s definitely something to keep you on your feet.
Opening up with ‘Mariner’, it doesn’t show off much in the way of something exciting. The simplistic structure doesn’t have that wow factor that records do. This seems more of a middle card track as you want your first song to grip the audience and make them wonder who is playing. The next song takes the record up a bit with a quicker pace of tempo, and gives the gritty vocals more of a home to play in. The lead guitar seems watered down compared to the rest of the instrumentation, but the mixing and production are one of the bigger highlights of the record.
As the songs go through the album, it seems they’re trying to outdo each BPM with each proceeding track. ‘Relative Motions (MWR)’ is one of the stand out songs on the record, with an early era Green Day feeling about it, but also gives off vibes into the more commercial pop-rock with its more melodic lead parts, giving the album a bigger breather to expand a lot more.
‘Hammers’ brings back that more simplistic guitar chord progression and still draws its focal point on vocals. The gruff voice, although very appealing to this kind of music, gets quite tiring and monotonous after the first few tracks.
As ‘Mechanical’ reaches a close, you’re left with a lack of enthusiasm, but it doesn’t mean they don’t still throw out the punches. ‘Understater’ picks up the speed a lot more with a much more angrier punk vibe compared to the last few tracks which find you hoping for more, but are left disappointed. This album is a good one to keep your appetite hungry, but nothing is left to push this band further than what should be expected of fans and critics alike.
Written by Josh Palmer