EP REVIEW: Everything I Never Told You - Chase This City
Chase This City - Everything I Never Told You
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Record Label: Unsigned
Reviewer: Michael Crawford
Since forming in 2009, Chase This City has achieved quite a bit of success, including having 3 EPs already under their belt and plenty of local shows to boot. The Chicago five-piece has released Everything I Never Told You, as a “preview” of their upcoming full-length, Life Stories, due out later this year. There’s a heaviness about them sonically (TSSF fans, pay attention), and the three tracks sampled here each hold their own. Singer Zach Keenum doesn’t open up too much vocally, but the sincere lyrics and solid songwriting still ensure good tunes.
I Could Just Cave Right In comes in first and fast, and (for me) was a fitting introduction
to the band. The personality in the writing should appeal to Wonder Years fans, though several bands have seen recent success in the same vein (ala Real Friends). And let me be first to say that Chase This City is a band you should probably listen to, and at high volume. Throughout the whole EP choruses ring true, breakdowns appear where they should, and there’s a cohesiveness that makes everything enjoyable. Lyrics are brimming with a tactful honesty, including This mindset is my demise, but also my will to fight. Washington and East will hopefully rock venues in the next few months, because this is most definitely the standout song. The stupidly catchy I’m on the corner of Washington and East street. I lay my head face down on the concrete sung by Keenum are unable to be left unbelted. It’s exciting to know that Everything I Never Told You is just a taste of what’s to come later this summer.
The last track, Stuck on the Outside, is the most versatile. Confessions of pain and not progressing through life fill the speakers. Darker than the first two songs, it makes sense having it as the final one. The shouting is effective and probably really fun to scream back at. The final two minutes are actually wonderful, and the repeated If this how it feels when your true colors show, I think I’d rather be alone hit home. Starting fast, the song bounces back and forth between heavy and restraint impressively, then swings back into a brisk finish. And then, that’s it. Everything I Never Told You is out May 7th, and even if you’re not a fan of them already, it’s worth checking out. Give these guys a full LP and who knows what kind of pop punk anthems Chase This City could create.
Reviewer Score: B+
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