Since the release of their debut EP ‘Strange Love’ back in March this year, Simple Creatures (Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low) are steadily becoming more than just a side-project.
It’s only been a few months and, despite also working on their other more established projects, they’re already back with a follow-up EP, ‘Everything Opposite’, to prove that this is anything but a brief novelty.
Their debut was experimental to say the least. Branded as ‘grimey trash-pop’ by the pair themselves, it wasn’t what any fan of their respective outfits was expecting, and split a lot of opinions as to if they loved it or hated it.
However, ‘Everything Opposite’ comes across as a record in which Hoppus and Gaskarth have taken on the feedback about the debut, and have worked on it to refine their formula and craft.
Opener ‘Special’ demonstrates this change in sound perfectly as a strong start to the six track record. It’s easy to envision this live, as it’s very much a party song reminiscent of a pop-punk track, but still in keeping with their unique experimental sound.
Sitting side-by-side are ‘NVM’ and ‘The Wolf’ and ‘NVM’; two tracks which play around with the popular fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. If anyone thought that ‘Strange Love’ was a bit crazy upon first listen then the latter of the two may have similar effects. The sharp distorted guitars compliment the nightmare-ish story telling eerily well, and, although the strangest track on the record, it’ll be the one that you’ll remember.
The stand out track on offer lies as its closer, ‘Thanks, I Hate It’, which is possibly the happiest revenge song that you’ll ever hear. After coming to fruition when the pair committed the cardinal sin of reading Hoppus‘ Instagram comments, the track is a middle finger to the online trolls and people who don’t quite get on board with what Simple Creatures are about. Its funny rhythmic style definitely changes up everything we thought this band were going for originally, but this vibe works just as well, if not better.
To put out two EPs in one year when both members are part of two of the biggest pop-punk bands out there is pretty impressive. Simple Creatures aren’t only growing musically, but also proving this is a serious venture for both of them, and, although this release is another short offering at just shy of twenty minutes, they have a brilliant skill of leaving you wanting more.
There are already plans of a full-length album called ‘Just Touch It’, so it surely won’t be long until we get another dose, and a heftier one at that, to prove that Simple Creatures aren’t going anywhere but up.