Tag Archives: pop punk

(review) Misgivings – Dream Neighbour (Lockjaw Records)

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Misgivings are in no way strangers to the pages of this zine, I reviewed their debut record couple of years ago. Now it is time for their sophomore release with Lockjaw Records. Misgivings are celebrating their tenth birthday and what better way to celebrate it than with releasing new album and also documentary about studio time, featuring interviews with the band. This new one contains ten songs and I can safely say that band evolved further in songwriting making this one even stronger than debut album. What do we get here? Melodic, heartfelt and emotional punk rock with superb vocal melodies, guitar work, backing vocal harmonies and smart and beautiful lyrics which address mental health, endurance in today´s world, dependency and similar topics that I as a listener can totally relate to. My personal favorites on this record are Loyal Souls, Sober Forever and Token Gesture, but you must find yours. I love how this record plays with listener´s emotions, bringing joy and melancholy at the same time. Great second effort.

These Fast Times release new single – Empty Cup!


Photo Credit: Steve Gordon Lawrence Walsh

Montreal punk rock foursome These Fast Times have released a new single today titled Empty Cup. Available via the most popular digital platforms via Thousand Islands Records, the song is the first new material from the band since On The Other Side Of Fear, their debut album released in 2018.

Fans can find the new single right HERE.

The band is currently working on new material to come out later this year. Stay tuned as more details will soon be available.



These Fast Times are a four-piece punk-rock band formed from the ashes of multiple bad decisions, misspent youth and a unified-need to cause a major ruckus at any given time. Armed with the fuzziest of distorted guitars, relentless pounding drums, p-h-a-t bass-lines and a whole lot of screaming with a little bit of vocal-melody included – These Fast Times are continually finding ways to overwhelm, offend & entertain their audience through all of their five-senses.

The rotting-core of the band’s line-up currently includes Jeffrey Vuorela (Vocals, Guitar), Jason Bellafontaine (Bass, Vocals), Thomas Kolofsky (Lead Guitar) and Ryan Kennedy (Drums). Each member got started in the usual way…they got into music early-on in life etc. etc., started bands, ended bands and experienced all the hardships necessary to put a massive punk-chip on their shoulders. Officially combining their talents & stank of desperation together in 2015, These Fast Times have gone on to fill up the space in front of them with fans of true-punk and drain many a beer-can since.

Discovering quickly that they could stand each other’s personalities, energy and smell – These Fast Times shut themselves away in the studio and began to write, create & refine. Even the band-members were now able to vouch for their music as ‘not half-bad’ finally…and though perhaps reluctantly, pride in their dirty punk-rock sound began to take hold of these four from Montreal…

The results of the writing and recording session became the six new songs released by These Fast Times on their self-titled record released in February, 2016. Playing shows to support the album all throughout the year – you can expect These Fast Times ready to show up right to your own bloody front door if it means they can play another show before they all croak. Main reason being…somewhere along the lines, all four members of the band realized that the music they were making…as grimy and dirty as it might be…was music that NEEDED to be played…music that the people WANTED to hear.

Make no mistake – These Fast Times don’t put themselves through all the shit that comes along with being in a punk-rock band for their own enjoyment; no – it’s a far more selfless act. They do it for YOU. Come get some!

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Thousand Islands Records: Website

(review) THE FLY DOWNS – At This Point In Time

It´s been a long time since I listened to some good pop punk and The Fly Downs released their new full length, so it was about time for me to enjoy some great melodic punk. Trio from Ottawa released 13 songs on this record. Music is melodic punk leaning more heavily on pop punk influences than on faster skate punk side of things. That means punk rock guitar riffs with strong and fantastic melodies, sweet vocal lines that I love and backing vocal harmonies and above all good songs. My personal favorites are Raving Reviews, Crashing Down and Nowhere To Go somehow the most on this record. Vocals remind me at times of Russ Rankin of Good Riddance especially at faster awesome songs like Head Held High, one of the songs having more faster almost a bit hardcore punk vibe. Lyrics are personal but, some songs are pure fun, but I can totally relate to most of them. Go listen this great album.