SoCal debuts: Hideouts - Stuck Between Stories (album review)

  • 5 young funnymen hailing from the beautiful sunny location of Huntington Beach, California joined forces to create a band characterized under the genre of pop-punk. They called themselves Hideouts and have since then released an EP in November of last year. They've also toured around a bit with The Dangerous Summer. influences such as Jimmy Eat World, Paramore and  Four Year Strong, it is evident that the hard rock is still present, though a bit overshadowed by various pop aspects.

    To those who aren't familiar with the pop-punk genre, or automatically yet falsely regard it as "emo", here's a bit of a description to clear your minds. Pop-punk: a genre that is more melodic with cleaner lines than the original punk rock music. It is a strand of alternative rock which typically merges pop melodies with speedy punk tempos, chord changes and loud guitars. Also described as having a radio friendly sheen to their music, but still maintaining much of the speed and attitude of classic punk rock. Most notable acts in this genre would be Blink-182 or Sum 41.

    Stuck Between Stories, their first release as a band proved that these men are capable of keeping their head above water in such a drowning and high-pressured industry. The album as a whole is high-energy, get up off your feet where you can hear the drive and passion in the vocalist's voice. The lyrics are clear and resonant. The guitar chords are vivacious, however special mention should be given to the drummer. The percussive lines are clean, diverse, captivating and are what I believe to be the leading factor to the success of this band.

    The vocals are reminiscent of Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens, though not in genres as they differ greatly, the vocal range and tone are very similar, both higher-pitched than the usual male band and both share a quality of pureness in their sounds. The tracks are similar to those of All Time Low and Yellowcard, however there are hints of aggression which brings to mind a fusion of Sleeping With Sirens and A Day To Remember with the screaming parts stripped down.

    Also, can we please take note of how intricate the album art cover is. A forbidden and hidden world behind elevator doors. This art could be interpreted in so many different ways, a lost boy finding their way home, the discovery of different potentials out there in the world etc.

    All in all, I must say I am very very glad I discovered this band. I'm certain these boys will make it far in the years to come and I am honoured to be able to have heard of them so early on in the game. I found myself humming on to the tracks are random times, even though I've had a listen through only maybe twice. It is a very propelled album with spurts of lightning energy and an edge of angst.

    Check out their opening track "Alleybyes", also made into a music video.

  • By Anne Yin
    1 year 7 months ago
    Filed under Alternative

Comments

  • Content Stream

    • 7 hours 37 min ago Monolith Coffey
      Part art, part social experiment - a South Carolina wedding photographer's recent shoot incorporates both attractive nude people, their partners, and a handheld stun gun capable of delivering 300,000 volts to a person's skin. According to Patrick Hall, the photographer who conceived the project; "As a portrait photographer, I am always trying to make people feel comfortable in front of my camera so I can capture a real emotion from them. But what if I was able to make people feel so...
    • Pop
      8 hours 8 sec ago L-SPEX
      Change is good.  And sometimes, you need to take a page out of the past to help change the future. Mont-Laurier, Québec-native Bobby Bazini is a pretty flower blooming in a digital drought. While many contemporary pop songwriters rely on post-production as their scapegoat for poor tuning, Bazini goes it alone and never seems to hit a sour note. Hear for yourself in the unplugged version of his soulful new single “Bubblegum (I Can’t Stop This Feeling)” (via Southern Souls).  In the...
    • Pop
      9 hours 44 min ago Shorey Andrews
      The ride to international pop stardom for Charli XCX has been strong and steady. You probably know her best as the writer of Icona Pop's hit single "I Love It" and the co-writer and performer of the Iggy Azalea hit "Fancy", but make no mistake, Charli XCX is quickly making her mark as a well established solo artist. Her single "Boom Clap" from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack has reached gold single status in Canada and is rapidly on the way to platinum. With all her recent exposure and...
    • 9 hours 45 min ago Dana Ewachow
      I’m here to tell you Hello Kitty is not a cat. Did you think she was? Did you think she was a literal “Kitty”? Did you think because she had whiskers and pointy ears and pretty much looked like a cat that she was a member of the feline family? SHUT YOUR MOUTH. According to anthropologist (yes, there is a Hello Kitty anthropologist) Christine R. Yano, your ideas about Hello Kitty are completely wrong: “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a...
    • 10 hours 2 min ago Sarah Isa
      The Neighbourhood has shown their Hip Hop influences throughout their musical journey by collaborating with few rappers including Casey Veggies, 100s and now Danny Brown. Their new released song "Hate Machine" will be featured on their new mixtape #000000 & #FFFFFF which is planned to drop this coming fall. On the new trip-hop tune, Danny Brown brings us on a bouncy trip of him rapping over The Neighbourhood's usual sentimental sound. Unexpectedly, the lead singer, Jesse...
    • 10 hours 15 min ago Nick Watts
      Mysterious electronic music group, Kid Arkade, recently made a debut appearance last week on the US-based veteran label, Ultra Music. With no prior releases or announcements building to the upload, the name made a hit in the dance music-sphere, racking up over 20K plays in a matter of hours. The track itself, entitled “Atlas Run”, was a truly awe-inspiring, 6-minute electro house banger that left listeners hungry for more. When upbeat synths and fast-paced kicks & snares blast in, there’s...
      fall makeup & hair
      20 hours 39 min ago Amanda Bell-lloch
      [Part 3 of 3] The ode to Autumn Fashion concludes with this article, as we finally transcend into the face on your neck and the locks on your head. Fall Makeup and Hair should match your mood, be that of a sweet fae, or a dark lovely swan.  The Feminine Fae MAKEUP: For this gal, think of fields of lovely soft marshmallows and sweet honey. Exercise the softness of the look by using White eye-shadow (shimmery or matte), and putting it on your eye delicately. For this look you can try...
      20 hours 59 min ago May Goldhacker
      If you were to dress now how you did when you were thirteen, let's be honest, it would be something straight out of a nightmare. The styles of 2005 were messy, to say the least. So for nostalgia's sake, here’s a list we compiled of the top 10 fashion mistakes you probably made when you were 13.   1.Folded Off-the-shoulder Tops   Definition of messy. Definition of 13. Stripes? Rhinestones? Even better. 2. Patchy Highlights Basically the female version of frosted tips. Very natural...
More articles

Instagram Feed Tag #ixdaily

Follow