the Primetime Heroes - "A
Date With Destiny"
Come on, admit it... you like pop punk. Whether it's Green Day,
Goldfinger, MxPx, or anyone on Drive-Thru, you like 'em. There's
something about the ability to simultaneously rock out and sing along
that makes you happy in a way you're unable to describe. You don't want
to admit it to anyone, because it puts you in a group with fifteen year
old girls who shop at Hot Topic.
But, really- it's ok to like pop punk. I do. The Primetime Heroes do,
too. They play some of the catchiest goddamn pop music since Cheap
Trick. They combine punk guitars and fast drum beats with catchy lyrics
to make songs that you can hum while you're driving down the highway at
75 miles an hour.
Granted, this isn't breaking new ground. Pop punk probably hit the
"I've never heard something like this before" barrier about 10 years
ago. However, A Date With Destiny rises above the usual crapola with
some novel concepts. The Heroes take the idea of a love song, and add
an extra spin by taking the plot from Say
Anything and setting it to music with "Friends With Potential."
The production on A Date With Destiny
is big and loud. It sounds less like a punk album and more like a big
rock record, thanks to the amazing skills of Mr. Ed Rose. Jory Valyer's
drums and Tim Schultz's bass boom, Rusty Wiley and Colin MacMillan's
guitars crank up the amps, and the vocals all fit in, rather than
sounding like they got dropped in.
Buy the record, and for once, tell your friends what you're getting, so
they can join in the fun. This isn't a record to keep as a guilty
pleasure- it's one to share.