It’s adolescence. It’s angsty. It’s pop punk. This album is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a pop punk band, nevertheless, it succeeds. The album, while predictable, is engaging and interesting. Maintaining the pop-punk tradition of chunky rhythm guitar, driving, melodic bass lines, simple, powered drums, sullen lyrics and trill guitar solos for much of the album, Benchmarks also hits the pop punk requirements of a handful of slower, somehow more emotional songs. Despite its relative genericness, I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Play it!
Label: Sofa Burn
RIYL: Front Bottoms, All Time Low, Todd Farrell Jr. and the Dirty Birds, Jon Latham