Call Security – To Whom It May Concern
Hoppy and boppy to the extreme, New Yorkers Call Security bring to mind The Killers, Of Monsters and Men, perhaps a little Coldplay and a hook-y indie formula that’s been a tried and true blueprint for many before them. It’s definitely a bit catchy although nearly every song plays out the same keys, tones and gang vocals without much variation.
If this sound is something you enjoy, then you’ll probably like every song. If not, you might find things start sounding dangerously familiar. The one two punch of “Small Talk” and “Hometown Hair” build their melodies atop of poppy upbeat rhythms, the dancing keyboards of Kathryn Middleton, soaring “whoahs,” jangly lead guitar and seriously modern production. It’s definitely stuff to do a good-time jig to but it’s just that we’ve heard all of this stuff before and it’s very hard to maintain any differentiation between artists at this point.
“Lead Me On” has heavier guitar riffs balanced with the soft stuff and a harder edge all around. It’s not heavy metal or explosive blues rock by any stretch of the imagination, yet it’s charged with plenty of solar powered punk to make the grade. Ben Scheibel’s vocals are a little dirtier, the keys adopt a Hammond organ tonality and drummer Tucker Jennings’ shines as he employs a blistering backbeat and jazzy cymbal ghosting. The chorus is especially intoxicating; infectious without apology and guaranteed to get you singing along. Guitarist Michelle Poulin also slaps a little mustard on the leads and grooves, making for a scorching performance that won’t let up from the first note to the last.
Acoustic guitar is a highlight on the somber, slow burning “Already Gone.” Scheibel waxes emotively while Peter Keller’s bass lines glimmer with shades of amber. This is a dreamy track that takes some time to build a delicate mood before turning up the distortion and rocking out in a crunchy mid-tempo. Closer “For the Better” takes the positive pop punk of New Found Glory and transplants it into an indie format with twinkling keys and a shuffling rhythm keeping the music especially buoyant on its easy breezy waves of pleasure. Never does the band stray far from the path they blaze and though the closer is nice, it would have been cool to hear the EP end with just a tad more energy even if the band’s balladry isn’t without merit.
To Whom It May Concern has some very nice melodic qualities; well-written lyrics, pop punk hooks galore in the first three tunes and a sturdy keyboard element keeping the music afloat. The only drawbacks are that this sound has been done A LOT lately and Call Security aren’t quite separating themselves from their peers quite often enough. Talent is not a question. The band can play and gives it their all. It will be interesting to see what they can build onto the foundation this EP has set. Still, for fans of fun lovin’ summer jams they will fit the bill and you are guaranteed a good time. This one all comes down to taste and preference, as with all music on the planet.
7 out of 10 stars.