The final day of July sees the release of a wicked new Maggie Cassidy EP, the contently titled ‘Life Is Beautiful’.
Driven equally by boisterous guitars and the wails of a hyped audience, the five-track plucks the peaches of pop-punk from the orchard of moguls and tucks them up their sleeves… ready?
With a crunchy, layered guitar introduction not dissimilar to that of Neck Deep‘s ‘Citizens Of Earth’, the first of the batch ‘Tell Me Why’ delivers the pinnacle syrupy flavour of pop-punk faster than you can lace up your Converse. The boyband style vocals compliment the thickness of the gulping guitars wonderfully. There are few releases with an entrance as smooth as this.
‘Just To Know’ toys again with the light and dark dynamic, all whistles twirling atop colder guitar influences and slightly unnerving vocal deliveries. Think Waterparks circa ‘Double Dare’, and amplify the approachability tenfold. Thus far, ‘Life Is Beautiful’ proves to be a pretty easy listen; you can almost feel the boys’ denim jackets riding their own currents as they spin on the spot to the punchdrunk drums, and everything feels airy for a second.
The self-prescribed “clinical” peak comes in the middle of the release under the hood of ‘S.A.D.’, a confrontational, tempestuous track that, despite its gut-wrenching lyrical content, is anthemic in its portrayal. The claws of the chorus belt out from vocalist Jamie Coupe‘s throat and really drill into the heart of ‘Life Is Beautiful’, one part bewitching, one part tragic.
Closers ‘I’m Alive’ and ‘You Don’t Excite Me’ spit peach stones from both their kick drums and tongues as a final attempt to earn your adoration, with two intrinsically contrasting offerings that stretch joints and tear ducts alike.
The tangible emotion in Coupe‘s vocals are the highlight in what is otherwise a somewhat predictable ending, a burnt orange acoustic denouement, but a pop-punk release just wouldn’t hit the mark without a gravelled painting of inner turmoils somewhere.
Maggie Cassidy have a knack for infectious hooks and a flow of confidence that many bands spend careers working towards, and ‘Life Is Beautiful’ is a hugely impressive debut in and of itself, a mere step in the band’s undoubtedly steep trajectory.