The Newspeak - The Newspeak
The Newspeak are a young, ambitious four-piece from New Jersey, who have masterfully taken the best elements from pop-punk bands like The Ataris, Fall Out Boy, and Alkaline Trio to fruition on their self titled EP, The Newspeak. Unrestricted to any genre, The Newspeak are unafraid to let their songs break into a techno beat, synth riff, or screaming solo, letting their sound fall into the seldom crossed grounds of being both immediately accessible and ultimately long-lasting. The EP's second song, "Without You," highlights their eclectic sound, as swirling synth effects heighten an anthemic chorus where lead singer William Alzaher sounds eerily sounds similar to Fall Out Boy's lead singer. Not to be played as a spin-off of Fall Out Boy, though, the song explodes into the sporadic, feral screaming of "Forgive me," shattering any conceptions of The Newspeak being another run-of-the-mill pop band.
Although the album is not perfect, for instance, there is some gratuitously graphic language (the repetition of "Tear your fucking face off") on "Let's Fight," these prove to be minor blemishes in the big picture. More young rock bands should show aim to make a release like The Newspeak; it rocks out quickly, not overstaying its introduction to the music world, just letting its listeners know that The Newspeak have created an entertainingly original sound that is fun, accessible, and long-lasting. What more can you ask for?
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