Nigel & The Dropout’s humble introduction as, “We’re two guys from Detroit, we’re 19, we have no idea what we’re doing, but we love music and we hope you enjoy!” is misleading based on their obvious talent and potential. The duo creates indie-electro pop with a particularly urban feel. They have a knack for balancing melodic guitar chords with electo synths, without either one overpowering the other — and with vocals that are a bit reminiscent of brit pop, the end result is a very real sound that feels different from other artists that might try to utilize these elements.
The album, &, begins with ominous electronics and percussion, slowly growing and building into a steady beat, and eventually a full song, and one of the best on the album. “Mister Grief” is a perfectly executed opener to the album’s most solid run, as the tracks that follow only get better. The band’s musicianship is excellent, and Ficker utilizes his vocal talents perfectly in combination with the music. The album concludes with endless possibilities for a band that has the potential to create something truly astounding.
By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
Just a quick heads up to fellow pop-punk fans: head here to stream what’s set to be one of the best releases in the genre this year, and check out the video below.
Narrative: A kid grows up and gets ready to leave home.
Performance: In a garage. Perfection.
Song: One of the catchiest celebrations of nostalgia since “Good Riddance.”
Why You Should Watch It: This one’ll either hit you right in the chest, or it won’t. It’s a simple look back on a dude’s life as he gets ready to move away. Nothing spectacular about the photography or concept – in fact, Saves the Day tackled similar material with the classic video for “At Your Funeral”:
Much like the beefy, down-to-earth pop punk they play though, whatever The Swellers’ video lacks in flash, they make up for in heart. If you’ve ever lived in a small town, had band practice in a garage, or had trouble saying goodbye, you’ll instantly connect with this. You might even have a few hairs stand on the back of your neck at some point.
Either way, good luck getting the song out of your head.
“I miss it, too…”
By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
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