How good is this band? I was totally excited for this band when I reviewed their other EP back in April. This new one only furthers that excitement. I always feel weird about reviewing multiple releases by a band. Mostly because there isn’t usually much more to say. There are still things to say about Nobody, Ever. This Wall Is Dedicated To Liam And His Mates picks up right where Everyone Stood By The Side Of The Road left off. Musically, it’s not so different. Possibly a touch poppier, maybe?
What really makes this record stand apart from it’s predecessor is the lyrical content. There is a very personal, sincere feeling to them. Obviously any band would go for that. More often than not, the songs end up being generalized bullshit about “life” or whatever. It’s easy to write those kinds of songs. Shitty bands have been doing it forever. While those songs may resonate more with a wider audience, they often end up being forced. Nobody, Ever has sidestepped that. Every song on here just hits. More importantly, every song here works well as it’s own thing and as part of a greater piece. Without trying to read too much into other people’s work, there seems to be a theme of personal dissatisfaction. Maybe a bit of weltschmertz? I don’t know, it’s hard to explain.
The general summation is: the songwriting is great, and the music is on the nose perfect. This does sound less like an emo record, and more a gruff, melodic punk record though. It’s such a lazy comparison, but there are a lot of things that make me think of old No Idea Records releases. It’s a bit like GNV punk rock/post-hardcore tempered by some great pop influences. It’s a winner.