I Call Fives teaser EP, Someone That’s Not You, it is a catchy pop punk record that reminds you of the days when A New Found Glory had an “A” in front of their name and they were pretty damned good. Made up of a few new tracks and a cover of Third Eye Blind’s How’s It Gonna Be, this EP is a fun listen.
In the title track, Someone That’s Not You andBackup Plan are full tracks where I Call Fives is able to harnesses their intensity and throw it at the listener. The pop punk guitars and vocals are a lot of fun but even better, are these small surprising sections of contrast in each track. InSomeone That’s Not You there are a few sections of heavier music and screamo vocals that provide an interesting contrast to the poppiness rest of the track.Backup Plan is also a super poppy track that has a quiet moment of stripped down music and hollow background vocals that is almost eerie (and I mean eerie in the best possible way).
In yet a different contrast, track three, Lakeview is an acoustic track. This track shows another element of the band, the ability to strip it all down and drive a song by its emotional content. It is quite and bare, yet it too is super catchy. This is the song that I found myself humming randomly throughout my day.
I can take or leave their cover of How’s It Gonna Be. The intro chords sounds pretty gnarly but the rest of the track is kind of okay. (But, I will say that Third Eye Blind is my guilty pleasure band that I like way more than I care to admit, so I might be a bit biased on this one.) They do a great job of making the song it their own; it fits in seamlessly with their original material. I do have a feeling that this particular cover would kill in their live sets.
This EP is marketed as a teaser to the full length that will be released in June and it has done its job on me, I a pretty interested in hearing what the full length has to offer.