Isn’t This Supposed to Be Fun!?
Epitaph Europe Just in case you’re missing Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco and the Blink 182 offshoots Angels and Airwaves and +44, Farewell are here to plug the gaps. There’s a lot to like about this North Carolina six-piece if you’re the undemanding type: strands of pop/punk are woven into melodies that owe as much to the Beach Boys as to Stiff Little Fingers. What’s missing is the sense of a band discovering these elements for the first time; in other words, despite the power-pop trimmings (Start it Up, Darling Darlene), the Green Day affectations (Anchors Away, September Brought the Fall) and the Sum 41 sniggers, there’s a strong feeling that Farewell are simply going through the motions. After the first few gigs, where’s the fun in that?
Download track: Darling Darlene