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Post Adolescence – My Nothing

June 22, 2011 by  

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Post Adolescence  –  My Nothing

NAME: Post Adolescence
ALBUM: My Nothing
DATE: 10December2010

LABEL: Self Released


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Infectious and essential pop punk


LINE UP: Johnny Straube – Guitar, Vocals Gar Hooker – Bass, Vocals Brian McCrossen – Drums Mark Clem – Guitar, Keys, Vocals Adrian Garver – Guitar, Keys


WHAT’S THE STORY?: As more and more bands pop up inspired by the post punk era of the 80’s, they could do a lot worse than checking out Post Adolescence. Upon forming in late 2007 the Seattle band worked long and hard writing songs and perfecting their sound, refusing to rush in the release of music until it was exactly how they wanted it. From late 2009 through to early 2010 they settled down to record their debut album My Nothing, finding an eager and receptive response to the tracks within as they were revealed. What other bands should note is the way Post Adolescence have been inspired by and taken only the best elements of the best time for pop punk, realising and drawing on the qualities bands like Buzzcocks and Manic Street Preachers used to such great creativity. Doing so has meant rather than simply sounding like a copy of bands back then, they have developed a uniqueness that sets them apart.

The trio of vocalist/guitarist Johnny Straube, bassist Gar Hooker, and drummer Brian McCrossen, have come up with an album that is impossible to stop listening to. Full of strong riffs, infectious hooks, and soaring melodies, it is a delight from the first note to the last. It contains exactly what makes pop punk such an absorbing and irresistible genre when it is done right. The fact that these guys are not some bunch of kids just starting to shave and have lived music, learning to understand it, brings an evident maturity to the songs.

Noticeably people have compared the band to Placebo, and though understandable that is more down to the stylish vocals of Straube. His soaring, higher pitched vocals with its natural reverb are quite reminiscent of Brian Molko. Musically Post Adolescence’s sound of driving beats and inviting melodies is more a blend of Jimmy Eats World and Manic Street Preachers splashed with a spot of fun from the likes of Cute Lepers. There is a light and fun mood to the album which is almost surprising considering the lyrical content of many of the tracks; stories of lost and defeated love alongside abandoned hearts and hopes are the basis for most of the songs.

From the opening indie rock flavoured ‘It Gets Better’, right through to the closing scuzzy rock of ‘A Song To Surrender’ the album is a vibrant wash of sound. Straube’s vocals and decisive guitar play is creative alongside the deep and rumbling basslines of Hooker, making an engaging canvas for the lyrical emotion to be laid upon. Whether it is a song you cannot resist joining in with like the pop punk directness of ‘I’m Not Here’ or ’24 Hours’, or the emotional slower paced tracks like ‘Your Lies Are The New Black’, the band is tight and impressive.

There is a strong consistency within My Nothing, every track as enjoyable as another but the dual attack of ‘ESP’ and ‘Act Of Whore’ in the middle is especially satisfying. The first has a sound that is new to the ear but also like an old friend bringing an instant recognition and eager liking from the listener. The latter of the two is a clever interpretation of the lyrical content, the bitterness of the words coming out in the music as well as the vocal delivery, the track practically dripping venom.

My Nothing was recorded with Seattle producer Mark Clem and it is obvious he understood and allowed the music and ideas of the band to breathe without compromising the complete overall sound of the band. Since the completion of the album and to ensure the band could take its sound into their live shows, Post Adolescence recruited Clem and also the guitar/keyboard skills of Adrian Garver. The quintet intent and ready to take their sound to the world have opened the door with My Nothing, with many of its tracks receiving radio play worldwide. This is essential listening and highly recommended.

SOUNDS LIKE: Manic Street Preachers, Jimmy Eats World, Cute Lepers

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: pop punk of the highest order sets your juices flowing.


Submitted By Pete RingMaster



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