ALBUM REVIEW: Even On The Worst Nights - Mixtapes
Mixtapes are releasing their No Sleep Records debut, Even On The Worst Nights, on June 26th, and I can tell you already that this is going to be one of the best albums of the summer. The album screams late nights and long drives in the summer heat, and drinking beers (or root beers) with your best friends.
If you haven’t listened to Mixtapes yet, you’re missing out on something great. The band has put out 6 releases in just two years, and they show no sign of slowing down or stopping anytime soon. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, the midwest punk rock quartet is one of the hardest working, most driven bands that I’ve seen in the genre today.
From Maura and Ryan’s harmonies, to the catchy one-liners such as “Anything/It could be better than this” (Hey Ma Pt. 2), and “I think that even on the worst nights/It tends to be alright” (Even On The Worst Nights), Even is showcasing the bands more mature approach to writing. This new approach, I feel, will give more audiences a chance to relate to the band and they’ll reach a much wider crowd. Although you won’t find Mixtapes jumping on bandwagon trends like gang vocals or too many woah-oh’s, they did have a couple guest appearances on the album, such as Dan “Soupy” Campbell of The Wonder Years on the last track of the album, “Mt. Hope”, and Grath of The Steinways/House Boat on “Anyways”.
For Even to be Mixtapes first official full-length, it’s pretty fucking long. 16 tracks is almost unheard of nowadays, but the band keeps the listener intrigued by having some of those 16 tracks only be less than a minute long, in true punk rock style. I, myself, find it hard to listen to a 16 track album through and through, so I did have to switch it up for a day or two while I was writing this review before coming back to the album to finish the record. But hey, I have music ADD.
All in all, this record is excellent, and has definitely gotten me more into Mixtapes, and I think that it will do the same for you too. Good job, No Sleep Records, you picked another incredible band out of the crowd and are giving them the opportunity that they deserve.
Also, if you click on the above link, you can stream two BRAND NEW songs, “Hey Ma Pt 2” and “Even On The Worst Nights”!
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