If ska-punk is your thing than look no further than Behind Deadlines. This 5-piece out of Philadelphia has released a brand new EP entitled ‘Before Summer Ends.’ Let’s get right to the tunes…
- “Unfalling Apart”- Catchy pop-punk-ska never gets old in this fresh take on the genre. Pleasant vocals and well placed horn parts get this EP started on the right foot! Grade: B+
- “Break Me Down”- Although short in length, this song still packs a punch. Not too heavy on the punk element, this little ditty is sure to appeal to the masses! Grade: A-
- “Office Party”- Starting out a little harder than the previous tunes, the tone quickly switches to familiar territory. I felt that the horns could have been a little louder as they were somewhat difficult to hear over the guitar at times. But overall, this is a great tune with great vocal harmonies thrown in for good measure. Grade: B+
- “Rebellion Island”- Behind Deadlines saves their best effort for last in this ska party song. Don’t stop skankin’! Grade: A
While short in length, ‘Before Summer Ends’ is certainly not small in stature. In a subgenre (skapunk) that lends itself to all bands sounding the same, Behind Deadlines stays on top by incorporating more of a pop sound then most. In the heyday of pop-punk, bands like Bowling for Soup, Good Charlotte and Fall Out Boy ruled the day. Behind Deadlines have ratcheted up this sound with the addition of ska guitar and a killer horn section. Do I feel that they deserve the same radio airplay as these aforementioned bands? You bet. Their overall sound will appeal to the both non ska and ska fans alike. While 4 songs are certainly not enough to quench your thirst, it will certainly give you a taste of what this band is all about. Great stuff and kudos to Behind Deadlines!
Overall Grade: A-
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