Anyone can write a pop-punk CD these days. All you need is a low paying job, a love of pizza, and a minor appreciation of skating. Maybe Bath’s Montrose fit into that stereotype, but they’ve still managed to pen a super EP to announce themselves onto the scene.
‘If Only You Knew’ is 5 tracks of highly interesting pop-punk chortlitude (well, 4 if you ignore the one minute long opener, ‘Fire With Fire’). These songs have been championed across the South West for a while now, and it’s great to see them finally set in stone and consigned to history so the rest of the world can hear all about Montrose. ‘If Only You Knew’ sounds a lot like Four Year Strong before they started trying to be the Foo Fighters. It falls under the slightly unnecessary tag of ‘easycore’, a genre that describes pop-punk mixed with breakdowns a la A Day To Remember.
Montrose aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel on ‘If Only You Knew’, but they’re certainly attempting to re-grease it and set it rolling once more. The few snippets we’re treated to are definitely worth taking a few minutes out of your day to listen to, like ‘Yoda’s Cousin’, a song that challenges you to not smile and bop your head.
Jason Bishop‘s heavily accented vocals could easily sound arrogant and contrived, but they just add to set Montrose slightly aside from every other pop-punk band around. It’s the same story on ‘High Horse’, just another tune about a girl, but nonetheless one that will stick in your brain for the rest of the day and be there when you wake up the next day too.
Bath is due for an export. There was the Roman Baths 10,000 years ago and there was probably some other stuff in between, but in 2014 it’s time for Montrose to pick up the torch and get themselves bleeping on the radar.
Written by MG Savage (@MGsavagewriter)