Cambridgeshire pop-punk quintet A Few Too Many have followed up last year’s debut full-length album ‘Lessons Learned’ with brand new EP, titled ‘Solid Ground’, evidently wasting no time in making sure any momentum it gathered keeps on going.
‘Stay The Night’ starts things off, throwing you back to the glory days of bands like Bowling For Soup and New Found Glory. There’s a real early 2000s skater vibe to this song, with trashy fast-paced drums and a noodly riffs over the top of a bouncy bass line, sounding like a sound track to a summers day spent with your friends.
‘The Pity Parade’ takes a slightly different approach, and goes for an almost Irish folk rock sound. It’s almost a breather of sorts as the guitar chords are a lot less jagged, including a section where just the drums, bass, and vocals keep the song riding along, giving it a warm, feel good sound, despite the lyrics not being too positive.
The EP’s finale is its titular track, which starts off with an underwater sounding drum riff. The song breaks in to a plodding drum and vocal section with a radar like guitar bouncing around in the background which continues on throughout. With some impressive drum work, this track is one of the more standout moments, embracing gang vocals and more solemn melodies. It takes less inspiration from the typical pop-punk formula and shows more freedom on their behalf to follow their own sound.