Open Letters - 10-23 - 2015 Canadian Melodic Pop Punk LP
Open Letters - 10-23
Label: Kingfisher Bluez
KFB6019, Gipper Tore
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Limited to /500 copies
Released: 15 Aug 2015
Style: Pop Punk, Emo, Punk
A1 Still Shitty
A2 Bad Poise For Life
A3 Walk Towards The Light (Rock)
A4 Literal Human Garbage // The Virtues Of Disbelief
A5 Feeling This
A6 Dear Friends
A7 I'm Getting Too Old For This Shit
B1 Drugs Will Tear Us Apart
B2 The Shape Of Complaint Rock To Come
B3 Pity Party (No Moms Allowed) // I'll Burn That Bridge When I Get To It
B4 It's Cool But Unfun Already Did It
B5 I'm A Goddamn Homewrecker
Vancouver-via-Abbotsford pop punk crew Open Letters recently previewed their 10-23 LP with the video for "It's Cool But Unfun Already Did It."
The release was recorded by Curtis Buckoll, who did an excellent job capturing the fullness of the three-piece band's technical, melodic, muscular, creative approach to pop punk.
"10-23" is Open Letter's first full-length, and continues the bands unrelenting search for peace of mind, as well as the ability to cope with life's ever changing frame.The record begins with bassist, Kyle Shields, yelling out "This pain is unconditional". It sets the precedent for the occurring theme throughout the record of self-reflection and awareness. Guitarist Reuben Houweling's vocals in "Literal Human Garbage//The Virtues Of Disbelief" are reminiscent of Chris Connelly in the "Through Being Cool" era, and his back and forth exchange of "Hallelujah, I have faith in nothing everlasting." Shield's encapsulates the weight of an existential crisis.
The record then goes on to shed light on the dissonance that anxiety and emotional displacement have with every day life. From never feeling comfortable ("Dear Friends") to seeing friends become shadows of their former selfs ("Drugs Will Tear Us Apart"), Houweling presents both through a newly sober perspective. There is no doubt that his first full year spent sober prior to recording the full-length had an impact on both his writing and his life.