Song Review: Here’s To Neverland – “Like You Used To (Merry Christmas)”

Song Review: Here’s To Neverland – “Like You Used To (Merry Christmas)”

Song review: “Like You Used To (Merry Christmas)”
Band: Here’s To Neverland
Location: Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Date of Release: 18/12/2012
Genre: Pop-punk
Reviewer: Zak

“So dude, can i have a couple of people over tonight for a Christmas party?”
The answer should have been a resounding no, and then maybe this appalling excuse for pop punk would have never happened.

I’d going to remain objective about my opinion and attempt not to get personal on these dudes cos’ like most pop punk bands, they’re probably the nicest fuckin’ people in the world but truth be told, I cringed from start to finish listening to this track.

Vocals – 2/10

An over done pseudo american tone accompanied with lyrics that just feel like there was no real concentration put into writing them, the vocals are uninspiring and monotonous at their finest.
Maybe I’m the wrong guy to review this but I’m absolutely done with the co dependent sappy heartbroken defeatist attitude that comes with at least 50% of the bands in this genre.

Nut up! Life isn’t about relying on other people to uphold your emotional stability but hey, if your goal was to ruin my festive season by cramming a balls deep, weak ass persona into a “Christmas” song, you’ve done a smashing job!
Everything about both Rosanna and Kevin’s vocal performance just kills me.
Cannot take it seriously.

Guitars – 3/10
Look…I used to play in a shitty rock band, I know octave and power chords are cool but that doesn’t mean they’re the only thing you can use in a song.
I can hear a little more in the verses (single plucked palm muted notes and stuff) but it’s just not entertaining. It’s lifeless standard instrumentation at best.

Bass – 2/10
There’s nothing going on here!
I guess I’d be okay with that if anything else was really cool but it’s not.
Following the root notes of the guitarist for 90% of the song does not count as a bass part unless there is other interesting stuff going on. soz.

Drums – 4/10
Run of the mill, standard, no frills pop punk drumming, not necessarily shit, but boring never the less!
There’s just not much about these drums that stands out.
A basic pop punk beat with a few dull triplet fills here and there to wind up their undoubtedly 95% prepubescent crowd.
I know I’ve rehashed the same point for the past 3 instruments but listen for yourself and realise why.

Production – 3/10
These guys really need to get a better producer/engineer.
From the word go, the drums just sound awful.
The vocals are clear enough but they lack production and poke out of the mix to a painful extent.
The guitars are really tinny and lifeless.

Also, the video is awful. It needed to be said.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Christmas songs and I think a band has to be really damn good to pull one off without sounding at minimum, corny and pretentious.
These guys simply do not come close to achieving something I’d consider listenable or enjoyable.

Overall – 3/10
To quote a recent favourite show of mine,
I’d rather shit in my hands and clap than listen to this song one more time.

Vocals –
Cleans: 2/10
Guitars: 3/10
Bass: 2/10
Drums: 4/10
Production: 3/10
Lyrics: 2/10
Songwriting: 3/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 3/10

Song Review: Here’s To Neverland – “Like You Used To (Merry Christmas)”
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