One Day Life
Same Old Story EP
Starting out sounding like the bastard son of Jimmy Eat World and Allister, ‘One Shot Nothing’ has hooky chorus lines and a great multi-vocal ending. It’s fast, it’s punk, and it’s incredibly professional.
The vocals are what you’d expect from a pop-punk band, but with a Greenday-lilt and, of course, coming from South East England, they don’t have the American whine of the more popular bands in this genre.
‘Don’t Look Down’ has a bouncy feel and the subtle harmonies in the chorus lift the lyrics and enhance the hope-anthem feel of the song. The video that accompanies this track is a well presented extra, mixing live footage with backstage, studio, and at-home images.
It gets a bit emotional in the break-up song ‘Hel Awaits’, with regret and heartbreak evident in the lyrics. Final track ‘All or Nothing’ has a similar feel, demonstrating clearly that each track embodies the slogan scratched at the bottom of the fold-out ‘Boy meets girl. Both hearts break. Same old story.’
One Day Life don’t have the intricate guitar work of other pop-punk acts, but what they do have is a slick polished surface that will glide in to your ears and provoke some kind of reaction.
The music makes you want to smile. The lyrics make you want to cry. A beautiful juxtaposition. After you’ve made your way through the whole disc, you won’t be able to believe that this is an unsigned band.
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