Pop-punk is a genre that I’ve only really recently got into. I started off with Set Your Goals, moved through Man Overboard country, made a few stops at Mayday Parade and even ventured as far as Transit. I’d like to say that I could tell a bad pop-punk band apart from a good one. Take The Seven are most definitely a good one. They’ve got everything you need to be able to just chuck them on and listen until you feel better; the singalong choruses, the joyful tone. There are even a couple of guitar solos in there for good measure.
Hailing from Yorkshire, I don’t actually know where they managed to gain the happiness that is exuded in ‘Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious’, their first offering. Now it’s very easy to become either much happier or feel even worse when listening to this type of music, but it’s definitely the former that greets the listener after the first listen. Opener ‘Welcome To My Town’ is a fantastic song that makes you sit up and take notice straight from the off, with the motivational lyrics and psuedo-breakdown (which, by the way, includes a delightful little guitar sweep that manages to differentiate it from sounding too generic).
There are 5 more tracks to tickle your fancy here, six if you include the acoustic number at the end. ‘Through The Crossfire’ is another feelgood song. It could even be a Nickelback song at times if it wasn’t actually fun to listen to. ‘Ships and Sails’ is pretty commercial but still sounds pretty cool, featuring the chorus lyrics of “You be the ship / I’ll be the sail”. ‘Duchess’ and ‘Burnout’ are other good examples of a band that is obviously motivated to go places. Final track ‘The Artist’ deviates highly from the joyful atmosphere given off by the previous six tracks and is an acoustic number that personally made me feel rather sad. Maybe that was the purpose of it though hey!
Take the Seven were recently included in Kerrang!’s ‘Stars of 2012’, and it’s not hard to see why. The production here steams of a band that knows what the hell they’re doing. With a new video filming in the works expect to see TTS cropping up on many an undercard next year. If you’re not fully acquainted with them by next December then clearly you don’t like pop punk.
Written by Martin Savage