Pylon – S/T EP

Pylon
S/T EP

Pylon follow the more recent trend of bands to take the -core out of emo-core and replace it with a -pop. Bands like The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World have all gone away from the crunchy guitars and wails for a more pop-based focus, and this UK-based band is doing the same with good results.

The band plays their style of emo with a catchy beat and powerful guitar lines. It’s those guitars that add a bit of an edge to these songs, keeping them from receding into purely pop. And the lyrics, mostly about relationships, seem rather standard emo fare. But what I really enjoy about this band is the vocals. Sometimes combining two singers or multiple back-up vocalists, they lend these songs the sincerity and energy that these songs so desperately need so as not to fall into the pile with a million other bands. And they stay away from the keyboards that seem so infectious to every other emo band right now.

“Dot Dash” very much reminds me of a Get Up Kids song, especially during the chorus. But the thicker guitars really give this song a bit of an edge and save it from being pop drivel, and the vocals are really well done. The multiple vocalists on “Says Al” and quieter, just slightly sweeter rock sound reminds me a lot of newer Brandtson, and they do this song very well. “A Million Thousand Giant Steps” has probably the most energy and some of the best guitar work, and it’s also the most infectious, making it my favorite on the album. And while “Yours Sincerely” is more typically a Promise Ring style of more poppy song, “Superglue” is a bit more restrained, with slightly jangly guitars, and a very nice, sincere approach. “Wind Reel and Print” finishes off with the most feeling on this album. This song moves at a nice, consistent, steady pace, with great guitar and backing vocals.

I suppose nothing is going to convince me that this band is very unique, but I can’t help but like them for the same reasons I enjoy bands like Pop Unknown, Brandtson, The Get Up Kids and The Promise Ring. They write emotionally charged pop/rock songs, and they play them well. And by combining the vocals of several members, they manage to give their songs a fresh approach. Fans of any of these bands will soak up Pylon with abandon, and so it’s recommended.