WORDS BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
Album: 'I'm A Stranger To Myself' EP
Label: Wilhelm Records
Release Date: December 1, 2017
The UK seems to be a main source now of many notable pop punk bands and one of those in particular is Safeguard. The band put out a self-released EP, ‘When Did You Stop Caring?’ earlier this year and have their follow up 4 track EP, ‘I’m A Stranger To Myself,’ to round out 2017 available this Friday via Wilhelm Records. With just 8 months between the two releases, Safeguard are showing they have the heart, potential and dedication to have a successful career as musicians.
As most pop punk songs are, each song on ‘I’m A Stranger To Myself,’ is short, sweet and fun. You can certainly hear their influences in similar pop punk bands such as Neck Deep, The Story So Far and Knuckle Puck but Safeguard still managed to put their own individuality on it.
Listeners are warmly welcomed with a minute long instrumental intro with “Crux” and in that minute the mood of the remaining three tracks is set up. The two middle songs, “Harbour” and “November” are the more energetic and uplifting components to the EP. Both have the typical pop punk drums entwined with riffy melodies. On the other hand, it’s with their close out track, “No Mand’s Land,” that the other side of pop punk is highlighted. The presentation goes from joyful and lively to serious and melancholy. There’s heartache in the lyrics and vocalist Declan Gough lets listeners into his anguish.
Collectively this EP is exceptional. Each song has all of the necessary elements that make up a respectful pop punk song and the arrangement of each track makes the EP play through smoothly. Safeguard have a strong focus on their music and their commitment is evident by releasing two substantial EP’s in one calendar year. I’m eager to see and hear what these guys have planned for 2018.
- No Mand’s Land