Pop-punk group Hit The Lights are back, with their fifth full-length album, Summer Bones, out March 24th. As the band’s first release since 2012, the record has been highly anticipated by fans for months, is sure not to disappoint anyone who hears it. The growth and maturity in their sound is as evident as their consistency with upbeat breakdowns, lyrical genius, and energetic instrumentation.
The album opens with upbeat, “Fucked Up Kids”, a pop-punk anthem for the ages. With it’s energy and punk-sounding instrumentation, it makes it the perfect kickstarter to the record. The lyrics are relatable to fans of all ages, and is sure to be a fan favorite. “We’re all just fucked up kids, breaking before we bend, born to lose in the end, but we could be more”. The album then flows into another upbeat punk track, “The Real”, which compliments the opening piece, keeping with the feel of that traditional powerful pop-punk energy. The next piece, the fast-paced punk track, “Life On The Bottom”, shows off some of the heavier instrumentation by the group. The guitar instrumentals throughout the piece are complex, and very well-executed; making for smooth movement throughout the track.
“Revolutions and Executions”, the following song, really kicks off the bands musical capabilities in all aspects. The best track off the album, it separates itself from the previous tracks by it’s stepped-up instrumentation, catchy lyrics to compliment, and lingering uplifting feeling. Lyrically, the group really nail it for this particular track, also amping up their vocal diction. It surely stands out as one of the best Hit The Lights tracks in years. The record continues on with “No Filter” and “Blasphemy, Myself, and I”, tracks with that “teen angst” pop-punk feeling, especially in “No Filter” with it including a big “screw you” to the persons the song is referencing. The diction seems to fall a bit short in “Blasphemy, Myself, and I”, but it makes up for it with it being one of the catchiest tracks off the record.
The album slows down a bit with “Summer Bones”, the only song of it’s nature, opening with a softer feeling. The song shows off frontman Nick Thompson’s lower vocal range, with his use of cleaner, more tame vocals; but kicks back up the energy once again, as soon as the chorus hits. The instrumental movement of this track shines compared to others, having a perfect balance of heavy to softer sound. The next song, “Keep Your Head”, is a minute and thirty-second long punk-rock trifecta with it’s incredible guitar instrumentation, well-crafted lyrics, and heavier feeling throughout the song.
“Sitter”, opens with some muffled speaking from Thompson, giving the song a different feel from others. The lyrics are on par with the rest of the album, keeping with the in-depth powerful wording, especially adding to this with the speaking parts by Thompson spread across the track. The ending instrumentation of the piece is as great as you would expect, with some added difficulty successfully executed by drums and the different guitar melodies. The album comes to a close with “Old Friend”, similar to the rest of the tracks with the upbeat energetic punk feeling, which leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction.
Hit The Lights have nailed all aspects of this record from it’s production, to their vocals, instrumentation, and lyrical composition. They have stepped up from their prior releases, and have matured with this record to show off what they can do as a band. They should be proud and excited for their release of Summer Bones as their fifth album, and it’s sure to be a highlight of the pop-punk records released this year.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Download: “Revolutions and Executions”