EP REVIEW: Belmont – Reflections

Release Date: March 13th 2020
Label: Pure Noise Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/belmontband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/belmontchicago

Rating:

Chicago pop-punks Belmont have proved time and time again that they’re one of the most exciting and experimental bands to come out of the genre in recent years, and ‘Reflections’ takes them to even greater heights.

‘By My Side’ is a synth-heavy track, upholstered by a trap beat that transcends into some eclectic guitar work and fast-paced vocal deliveries that make them stand out from the get-go. The hip-hop inspired beat continues throughout, blending flawlessly with a catchy chorus and some punchy yet twinkly instrumentation.

‘Deadweight’ delves further into the glitchy sound, bringing in some viciously quick drum work and eerie synths. We see an interesting mixing of melody and heaviness on this track, and that’s mirrored in ‘Stay Up’, another frantically catchy song that shows a more stereotypical pop-punk sound. They’re brilliant at sticking to the genre’s roots whilst simultaneously turning it into something entirely unique.

We get an array of djent-like breakdowns peppered throughout the EP, which are really interesting. It feels like Belmont are on the cusp of something quite spectacular, but they seem to be uncertain on what they want to be. The experimentation and splicing of genres here should be the EP’s triumph, but sadly it comes as its downfall.

‘Move Along’ is joyful, energetic and successfully experimental from start-to-finish. The band hit us with some juicy, midwest emo reminiscent, high-tempo guitar licks that are a true delight. They really embrace their heavier aspects on this track too, and it works greatly in their favour.

If Belmont can get to grips with balancing their sound and their experimentation, they have what it takes to be a brilliant pop-punk band. There’s no denying that they have truck-loads of talent and are wholeheartedly unique, they just need to find their feet.