Since winning the Red Bull Bedroom Jam contest back in 2011, Birmingham’s Page 44 have made it a long way, but they still have a fair amount to go. Their debut album, ‘All That Changes, Stays The Same’, is the band’s real first jump into the big league, but is this the new sound of pop-rock, a venture into giant choruses and sing a-long lyrics?
For a band that has worked hard to achieve the best out of their music, Page 44 should have more acknowledgement for what they’re doing. This is a pop-rock album filled with everything that a first album should have; originality and the ideal combination of vocals to guitar riffs.
Album opener, ‘Growing Pains’, sets the tone nice and early. It’s upbeat and straight in there no messing about, its relentless grooves are what can be seen in some of their earlier work, showing that they haven’t forgotten their original sound.
But, it’s tracks such as ‘Watch Me Fade’ and ‘Answers’ which demonstrate the true potential in this band. These tracks exhibit the typical root of the pop-rock path whilst still holding onto the originality of the band. It adds a new edge to the album, steering away from the set pace that is seen throughout and creating a better beat that hooks us from the very second.
There are two different elements to this band. Their creativity is something that many bands forget, but their lyrics aren’t quite arena selling and this is very typical in ‘Siren’, “A face full of beauty, it was like staring at the sun”. It’s small things like this that hinders the success for this band, but perhaps it’s their willingness to succeed that has seen them get this far.
‘All That Changes, Stays The Same’ isn’t a perfect album, but it’s a grower and that’s what Page 44 are all about. You grow with them through their music and, as a young band, there’s a lot of promise, and perhaps this is the album that will finally get them the acknowledgement they fully deserve.
Written by Yasmin La Ronde