Anthem-themed pop punk romps sums up Amber Pacific's latest
release Truth In Sincerity. Band members Matt Young
- vocals, Greg Strong - bass, Dango - drums, Will
Nutter - guitar/backup vocals, and newest member Justin Westcott
- guitar, show a strong affliction of power punk rolls like Tokyo
Rose, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Yellowcard and
alternative rock chops shown in bands from their hometown of Seattle,
Washington. The album epitomizes what Warped Tour fans ask for in
their music and mobilizes fans to have fun with rock music. In this
way they share goals with pop music's boy bands, only the members
of Amber Pacific actually play their instruments and write their own
songs. Truth In Sincerity rages with power rock slings and
pounding rhythms which move into more relaxing motions through the
verses creating lively dynamics. It's a good album to get music fans
pumped and wanting more.
The album opens with an orchestral track "Rule #76" that
simulates a hammering storm which transforms into a pop punk thicket
of guitars and rhythms on "Summer (in B)." The careening
chord slides are sizzling and fierce. The track "Temporary"
pendants Brit-pop accents on the punk rock rhythms and limber vocals
that bend and sway along to the movements. The continual barrage
of pop punk paddling from tracks like "You're Only Young Once,"
"Living Proof," and "Follow Your Dreams, Forget The
Scene" can be taken as motivating or as overloading for some
listeners. The band breaks into a woeful piano intro on "Take
Me From This Place" that gets riled up by crushing rhythms
and jostling guitars. Orchestral tones re-emerge on "Fall Back
Into My Life" and "We Think We're Hardcore Cause, Well,
We Are" roped into the torrent pop punk bruising.
The track "Runaway" features guitarist Mike Herrera
of MxPx who rosins up the guitar chords into a savage frenzy.
The melodic passages and anthem-verve in the lyrics for "Watching
Over Me" and "Dear_This Has Always Been About Standing Up
For What You Believe In," are ideal of pop punk as Young emotes
on the latter track: "To everything in life that has an end/
I hope you've made the best of your time with/ The ones who matter
most, the ones who cared/ You're in a world that's hard to just fit
in/ You're searching for your place amongst your friends/ Though it
seems that everyone will hide behind their skin." The movements
flux from sparse to ravishing with pounding bass kicks and clenching
guitars. The music epitomizes what a young guitarist wants his chords
to sound like to be worth his peers admiration.
Truth In Sincerity is for fans as much as it is for Amber
Pacific's peers. It is a host of pop punk rock songs expressly served
to motivate and dazzle fans and Amber Pacific delivered just that.
The album follows their EP Fading Days in 2004 and their debut
full length album The Possibility And The Promise in 2005.
With large amounts of studio recording and tours under their belts,
Amber Pacific continue to have a youthful outlook on life with upbeat
rhythms and clustered guitars. It's an album whose energy level never
lets you feel tired.
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