Isn’t This Sup­posed to Be Fun!?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

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

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