Song review: “Hurts To Know”
Band: Ascending Fall
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Date of Release: 13/06/2014
Reviewer: Dyler Turden
The lyrics aren’t helping either. Obvious and forced rhymes, tired sex jokes with none of the charm their idols had: “…I can’t get you off my mind, when another guy’s doing you from behind”. Clap fucking clap. He’s probably doing her from behind because he can’t bear to look at the face of someone who’s heard this fucking band.
The style is lifted directly from Blink-182’s “Buddah” record, repeatedly diluted until only a hint of the original appeal remains. It’s like a watered down light beer. From the chords in the main riff and the verse, to the annoyingly high pitched lead part in the chorus, the guitar could have been doing so much more while letting the bass carry the song with these classic (read: over used) root notes.
I understand the whole pop-punk ethos of fun and off the cuff songs, happy go lucky attitude, and adolescent disregard for things like guitar lessons and vocal training – but this is just taking it a little bit too far. 15 years ago, punk bands could start out like this and use the time in between albums to progress and become better song writers. These days, bands do not have that luxury, you need to be good, and you need to be good NOW.
Don’t blame me, blame the internet.
Vocals: Screams: NA/10 Cleans: 3/10
Guitars: tape deck turned up too loud/10
Bass: that one from that blink song/10
Drums: pre-Travis Barker blink/10
Production: blink demo/10
Lyrics: scrapped blink jokes/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 3/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: during a random office survey, 97% said that my fingers taping the keys to write this review was the preferred alternative to actually hearing the song, the other 3% asked to see some ID/10
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