Reckless Intentions – ‘Lights’ Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:30

Reckless-Intentions-Lights-1019x1024It seems fair to say that pop-punk as a genre has seen some better days.  The heyday of ‘Dookie’ and ‘Smash’ was arguably both a commercial and artistic high point, while the noughties capitalized on the mainstream appeal of the second wave of bands that came along.  Certainly, there was an added injection of pop sensibilities this time around, but there was still just enough bite in the undeniably hook-laden song writing to designate the style as some kind of an alternative to the general programming of pop radio.  Brighton four-piece Reckless Intentions is a band very much indicative of the current crop of bands on the scene.  Their debut EP release, ‘Lights’, is a microcosm of the issues plaguing the genre as a whole; namely a lack of any real individuality, as well as an absence of succinct, melodically-driven songs.

 

That’s not to say there aren’t moments of promise on ‘Lights.’  The striking opening bass line to ‘Outcast’ is immediately impressive, while the gradual swell of the title track brings to mind Brand New circa ‘Daisy’, and is easily the most engaging piece of music on the EP.  Unfortunately, moments like these are fleeting and underdeveloped.  At just over a minute long, the title track is little more than a glorified interlude, and the initial spark of ‘Outcast’ is mired by a painfully flat melody delivered in a faux-American affectation. 

 

From the off, the derivative nature of the band’s sound is an overbearing hindrance to these songs having any lasting impact, with Matty Halliwell’s vocals being the most culpable element.  Opener ‘Ghost Town’ sounds like modern day All Time Low fronted by a Billie Joe Armstrong imitator.  ‘Stitches’ and ‘Outcast’ also suffer from an adherence to transatlantic pop-punkisms in the vocal department, to the extent that it distracts from any semblance of hookiness to the already ill-defined melodies.

 

Closing number ‘Home’ is your standard pop-punk ballad, piano accompaniment and all, with shades of Neck Deep’s ‘December’ both in the arrangement and Matty’s vocal delivery.  While the song is nothing particularly remarkable, the stripped back approach makes the band sound a hell of a lot more professional than the previous tracks: although meandering a little, ‘Home’ shows a wider range of dynamics and a greater control of the vocals, despite remaining fairly derivative. 

 

And really, this is the overall summation of Reckless Intentions’ first recorded output.  ‘Lights’ screams of a band that has yet to forge an identity for itself, instead emulating the same homogenous sound of the larger bands of the genre.  There are brief glimmers of potential should the band go on to explore different avenues, but if Reckless Intentions decide to stay their current course, it’s doubtful that they’ll be making waves anytime soon.

 

‘Lights’ is available now. You can get your copy HERE.

 

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