EP: Boy Set Sail – We’re Almost There

Release Date: September 16th, 2011
Label: I Am Mighty Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/boysetsail


Right, I know I sound like a pedantic bastard, but there are a few things that need to said. First of all, I have listened to ‘We’re Almost There’ a few times now and it’s essentially just one track, copied and pasted with a few tweaks here and there. I mean come on, the first two tracks are virtually identical. The idea of an EP is to showcase different ideas, not to just think up a good song and stick to it.

The almost identical songs in question are pretty decent though. They have a healthy bouncy energy to them, one that will serve Boy Set Sail well when it comes to recreating them in a live setting. Lead singer Gareth Jones (could that name be anymore Welsh?) has a good soft voice too. Although it is a tad generic, it’s one that compliments their sound well.

Another issue is that these songs are nothing new. Pop-punk is arguably bigger than it has ever been at the moment, and as such has become an over saturated genre. To really get noticed now-a-days, you have to really stand out, and sadly, Boy Set Sail just don’t manage to do that. It’s a shame, because there is actually nothing wrong with their sound, they just blend in with the thousands of other pop-punk bands.

‘We’re Almost There’ is a decent first attempt. You can tell these guys worked hard and have poured their heart and soul into this, which is why it pains me to pick it to pieces. They have the potential and charm to go far, they just need to break the mould and try to create a more original sound.

Written by Andy Roberts