EP: Like Pacific – Like Pacific

Release Date: January 20th 2015
Label: Pure Noise Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/likepacific
Twitter: www.twitter.com/likepacific

Rating:

The sudden refusal to conform to the idea tha “pop-punk is dead” is up there with the best things to happen to music over the last 5 years. The success of the jagged edged aggressive side to the genre has seen bands soar up bills in no time and re-structure the way alternative music is viewed. Canadian melodic punks Like Pacific have taken influences from the best pop-punk bands around for their new self-titled EP; a hint of The Story So Far combined with the tempo of Four Year Strong and the excitement of State Champs has created a solid addition to the industry as we now know it.

‘Suffering’ channels the new rough vocal style pinched from the hardcore scene, in the vein of Soupy Campbell and Parker Cannon, for the strained singing that dominates the fashionable side of this music. But, Like Pacific aren’t your standard oversized t-shirts and backwards snapback band. Jordan Black‘s vocals are strong and fearless, and there’s plenty on this 4 and a half track EP to enjoy now, as well as work on for the future.

‘Eviction’ excellently hits the combination of slower melodic segments and fast-paced action for sing-a-long and carnage perfection, while ‘105 McCaul St.’ sticks to the punk life with heavy bass and daunting lyrics to show the difference in capability throughout the EP.

No, there isn’t anything new here, but it’s a pointed lesson bands not living up to their hype or pedigree, showing them that bands are in the wake to take control when there’s an opportunity. Aspirations are clear for Like Pacific, and they’ll be all up in your face across the pond proving it soon enough.

Written by Michael Heath (@MikeBeef)