Social Code are an attractive combination of Fall Out Boy's
adrenaline-inspired pop punk with the modern rock blade work of Puddle
Of Mudd and the melodic rock sound of The Maine. The band's
latest release He Said, She Said is peppered with jutting guitar
spins and elevating pick slides played by Morgan Gies as the
rampant beating of drummer Ben Shillabeer and the power rock
fist-pumps of bassist Logan Jacobs work in tandem with the
emotive slashes of lead singer Travis Nesbitt. Produced by
John Travis (Kid Rock, Buckcherry), the 5-track
EP is frothed with heady emotions, rapid discharging of sonic flairs
and beads of meaty chord movements that trigger one's ardor to go
after what the heart beckons.
Somewhat romantic in tone but mainly landscaped in brawny thrusts
and parries, He Said, She Said has a striking roar that indicates
great care was taken in putting these arrangements together. The title
track is nicely singed by Gies guitar shreds which turn to a volcanic
simmer in "Perfect Grave." The bittersweet entanglements
of "The Shortest Line" burn at both ends, and the tumultuous
whipping of "Beautiful" has Nesbitt's vocals teetering on
the edge of despair. The final track "Everyday (Late November)"
is the best from the band's offering, lit with hearty flairs and earnest
aching in Nesbitt's vocals which penetrate fast into the listener's
Social Code is a band that audiences should give a chance to, and
very likely won't regret it. They are all brawn with a sliver of a
romantic hue. Their disc He Said, She Said is built around
memories of a fallen relationship, but in true modern rock fashion,
their grip on rising like a flaming phoenix from the malaise becomes
intensified as they plow forward. Jacobs describes on the band's website,
"I think it's a breath of fresh air to write about making it
through something and feeling good." They bull-horn their message
loud and clear in their songs.
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