Have you ever listened to a band and wondered, “Where have they been my entire life?” This was my reaction when I listened to Royal Psalms’ “I Could Have Been Anything” EP released on Rise Records. This brand new EP shows a band that is destined to bring Pop Punk back.
Dig is the first single and video and is my favorite on the album. It is a great blend of instrumentation, vocals and lyrics with various crashes and builds. Immediately, I was drawn in by the song’s catchy instrumentation. The song has a sound that makes me want to have a great time. The video brings those emotions to life as well. Constants
shows the band’s variety by its different vocals and instrumentations. The song is catchy with a raw intensity. Stagnant Water brought me back to early 2000’s Pop Punk with a mature sound. The breakdowns add depth and variety to this record. Slow Horse finishes this record on a high note and makes me want more. This song summarizes the entire album.
The instrumentation on this record is well done. The guitars and drums are very catchy and complex. In some songs they sound live. The vocals have the quintessential Pop Punk vocals yet with a greater diversity. I would rate this EP a 4.3 out of 5. This is based upon the album’s sound, creativity, and instrumentation. This album made me fall in love with Pop Punk all over again.
You can listen to the complete EP below.