Just when people thought that Fall Out Boy took pop-punk as
far as the genre could go, Hopeless Records brings audiences Anarbor,
a pop-punk band from Phoenix, Arizona who integrate their own style
into the genre for their latest recording, Free Your Mind.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Mike Green (Paramore,
Good Charlotte, The Higher), Free Your Mind has
the power pop pumping of All Time Low and the party-rock fun
of the Plain White T's. It's an album that can brighten anyone's
The exhilarating rise in lead singer/bassist Slade Escheverria's
vocals in "Where The Wild Things Are" injects the tune with
sprigs of infectious tingling sensations, and the dual peddling of
guitarists Adam Juwig and Mike Kitlas and the thrusting
beats of drummer Greg Garrity promote excitement throughout
the track. The gang vocals of "Halfway Sober" gives this
song a pub atmosphere, and the repetition of the lyrics, "Without
you there is no reason for my story
We can make it better"
from "You And I" has that sugary coating which is indigenous
to pop punk confections. The pogoing beats of "Always Dirty Never
Clean" are thick and unrelenting with frazzled guitar shreds
that spur adrenaline levels to rise. This is not an album that you
can listen to and sit still. The movements are restless, and the entangling
chords and sonic crashing in tracks like "Let The Games Begin"
and "Passion For Publication" crave to move as fast as possible
to their goal.
Anarbor sound like they are a product of the Vans Warped Tour, but
actually Kitlas and Echeverria have known each other since kindergarten
and teamed with Garrity in the 7th grade when they decided to form
a rock band. They spent their senior year of high school showcasing
for record labels when Hopeless Records scooped them up, and will
probably make another Tokyo Rose out of them.
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