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Amber Pacific
Truth In Sincerity
Hopeless Records
www.amberpacific.com


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.

-Susan Frances


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