Think Offspring mixed with that awesome punk band you saw down the pub last week – you’ve got yourself The Red Tears. I have a strange taste in punk music. Hardcore punk to me is great, when you’re in the mood. ‘Mainstream’ punk, if you will, like Rise Against for example, hits the spot perfectly. Pop-Punk, on the other hand, has never really interested me. The Red Tears, in my humble and often categorically wrong opinion lie somewhere between mainstream and pop-punk, and yet I find myself sat in my back garden, soaking up the sunshine – loving every minute.
As the EP (Embers Ignite) dances and springs through it’s rather impressive 6 tracks, it bounces through the highs of The Phoenix, with it’s pulsing guitar sounds and unique vocal prowess (albeit a little similar to The Offspring) dips down into the slightly less up-tempo jive of Fallen, with it’s sturdy drum beat, catchy repetitive chorus and consistent sound, it proves to be yet another hit with the ears.
The Red Tears show that they have some emotions as they touch upon the deeper topics in Time & Tide, disguised as a vague story of a ship. The sea, the sand, the land we used to know.
The amateurish, playful, sound works well for this little punk band. That’s not to say that they sound like amateurs. Oh no, by no means. It is to say that their unpolished and accessible sound is perfect for their style, image and lyrics. A heavily produced album with autotune and audibly more instruments than there are members to play them would simply not suit the band.
Sonic sparks up as one of the ones to look out for on the album. It’s edgy stop-start beginning and upbeat style make for a different, more trying, effort from the band. The positive tonality of the band almost counteracts the slightly morose tone.
Ending on The Egos & The Alcohol, The Red Tears leave you in a full-blown party mood. The pro-party messages, devilishly pushed across, in the song make for a solid end to a reliably brilliant EP.