Album Review: Jaret & Kelly – Sittin’ In A Tree [7.5/10]
Jaret & Kelly are comprised of the pop-punk giants frontman of Bowling for Soup, Jaret Reddick, and leading lady of pop-punk outfit The Dollyrots, Kelly Ogden. The twosome have been friends for a very long time, almost a decade, and the two have collaborated on songs in the past, most recently on the intro theme song to ABC’s hit show ‘Schooled’. Now, firstly I’d like to point out that pop-punk isn’t usually my cup of tea, I like some pop-punk, however as a rule, I’m a core boy, through and through. Needless to say, I like to give everything a go at least once, and I go in with an open mind, so here goes.
The Swifts are a pop punk outfit based out of Colorado, and they have dropped an excellent debut album with All Sunshine which was recorded and produced by Ahrue Luster, guitarist for Ill Nino. All Sunshine is full of hooks, rockin’ rhythms and punchy well thought out lyrics. While The Swifts do at times sing about the heavy stuff they are also the self-proclaimed “Ultimate Dad Band!” so you know they are trying to have as much fun as their listeners.
Since their inception in 2012, Sweden’s Abandoned By Bears have been diligently fine tuning and honing in on the sound they have been striving for. Their blend of “easycore”, or pop-punk music mixed with metalcore/hardcore-like breakdowns and screams, has been progressively improving over the stretch of their career. Enter 2018 and the band is set to unleash their newest album “Headstorm” upon the world on August 24th via Victory Records. Filled with hooks aplenty, crushing breakdowns, and genuinely great musicianship, the album is sure to please fans, both old and new. I recently had the chance to chat with the band about the writing process, inspirations, and more. Be sure to support the guys by giving them a like on Facebook and purchasing “Headstorm” on your choice format here!