ALBUM REVIEW: There Used To Be A Place For Us - Save Your Breath
Save Your Breath - There Used To Be A Place For Us
Release Date: October 8th, 2013
Record Label: Animal Style Records
Reviewer: Mike Mule
Let’s start by clarifying that this isn’t necessarily an album that will change pop punk. In fact it’s one of the more typical pop punk albums to be heard in a while. Nothing wrong with that at all. There’s definitely a lot of influences to make an appearance throughout the album, from early 2000’s ( The Movielife, Homegrown) to the more current sound ( A Loss for Words, The Story So Far, Man Overboard) these chaps have done a splendid job at making a, shall we say “genre album”.
What at first could be a B-side to Movielife’s Jamestown the opening track most definitely sounds “so familiar” (You’ll get the play on words if you listen). “Lessons” is a great track to start with, tons of energy, admirable vocals and all around catchy guitar riffs, it’s a great attention grabber. Moving right along into “Whole”, it’s found that Save Your Breath can be pretty versatile with their pop punking. The two tracks are very different, which should be applauded and noted as a springboard for changes throughout the album. Not too often do bands change their sound on the same release, especially within the first two tracks. No doubt one of the catchier songs on There Used To Be.., making total sense why it’s the first single, “Whole” will get stuck in your head for days, enjoy it.
Another change of pace, we come across “Maps”. A melee of pop punk over the years, we hear traces of I Call Fives’, Man Overboard’s melodic guitar riffs and what I’ll call “baby chugs” with overlapping vocal styles in the likes of Hidden In Plain View. If looked for, it can be heard. While it’s been done before, the slow rise and repetition of the chorus is done eloquently and keeps your attention to the next guitar introduced track. “Harrow Road”, another typical pop punk song referring to being dragged down and false promises, it’s a nice background track for sure. Not overwhelming in any aspect, the boys do a great job balancing out the vocals to the music, nothing is ever missing and there’s nothing overpowering. Gotta love pop punk!
Halfway through the album now, we arrive at “Skin and Bones.” This is a fun one, bringing back some guitar effects that haven’t been heard in some time. A very airy verse leading into a power ballad sing-a-long of a chorus.The break-up song of the album, this will be on all road trip mixes. As if following a manual, the dudes pick it right back up with the next three songs. Chanty vocals and two stepping drum beats, nothing to write home about but a fun listen for sure. “Aires and Graces” is somewhat of a wildcard on the album. Combining their slow and steady ballad style with the in your face pop punk we all crave, Save Your Breath shows how they can bring more originality into the run of the mill album. This will be a crowd favorite, bringing the most participation on and off the stage.
As the debut album closes with the title track “There Used To Be A Place For Us” it’s evident that these guys have the genre down. For a first album Save Your Breath have followed the footsteps of their peers and groundbreaking bands to a “T”. A well constructed album of a variety of genres and sub-genres, Save Your Breath will definitely have a future in the pop punk world. Finding out who they are as a band is the next step, and I for one am excited to see where they go. In the end it’s all up to them. Following their own words, they’ll be what they make themselves.
Order the album HERE.