Junior Battles
Idle Ages


4.0
excellent

Review

by ericfitforbattle USER (10 Reviews)
August 18th, 2011 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Idle ages, don't ever disappear.

Growing up isn't really that much of an unstoppable, angst-inducing process. Of course, your life is slowly drifting into a whole new direction, turning your idle high school ego into a slammed student (okay, not that much of a change), just to end up as an bespectacled office worker with a burden of a mortgage and a trimmed little garden. Sure there are increasing responsibilities, mostly money-related, but you've dealt with problems and teasers before so it absolutely is off the cards. The other, maybe even more important side of this growing-up thingy is the inner desire not to become as fussy and lame as your parents. It maybe is inevitable at some point, though, but as long as you're retaining your youthfulness in some way you can oppose the constraints of adulthood, even if that means to get drunk in the morning and playing Nightcrawlers in your early 30s. In that way, nostalgia is never an expedient into your lost adolescence. It's just the memory of the boozy boys night out of last Friday, and a memory always worth a good (pop-song) song.

With Idle Ages, the dudes of Junior Battles took a shot at this, creating an album that faces adulthood and other things that suck, peppered with disillusion and nostalgic feelings. Neither is the tone overly stupid or depressingly dark, it's just appears as deeply honest and perfectly comprehensible in a way, hitting home with the charm and abandon of some guys out of Ontario, Canada. Already having proven that they're capable of playing driving, catchy pop-punk anthems on their self-titled, the four-piece stepped up their game on their full-length debut. The music is a lot more explorative and sophisticated, giving their self-proclaimed influences like Jawbreaker, Superchunk and Jesus Lizard some discernible space in their writings. Where "Basement" was a luscious tune with one hell of a hook, the melodies on Idle Ages are widely spread from different angles, weaving anthemic refrains that are both the songs focus and connecting elements that complete the song as a whole. That is, songs like "Twenty Five", "Birthdayparties vs. Punkroutine" and "Living in the Future of Feelings / No Plan" peak in sing-along choruses that are immediately gripping while still maintaining the songs timbre. This leaves some room for greater song development and the exhaustion of musical ideas. "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" is ended by a hymnal saxophone hovering over trusty chords whereas closer "Radio" evolves from light distorted guitar strums and shy mumbling into loud and confident gang shouts backed by joyful guitars and boisterous drums. Even the typical acoustic number is embedded in something bigger. "Architecture" is a restrained 47 seconds shorty that serves as a prelude to the main song "Living in the Future of Feelings / No Plan", both being disconnected by the more mellow and moody interlude track that is "With Honour".

It's not just about hooks and advanced chord progressions, though. Every second on the record fulfills its purpose in creating songs that will leave you in a good mood, with new and old thoughts about life, friends and splendid memories. Memories that can be pictured just by hearing one of the countless one liners Junior Battles emphasizes, from the reliantly "we'll still have ourselves/ when we don't own anything else" to the insightful "you’re always high, and I’m always drunk/ we think we’re justified by saying we’re still young". The lyrics address you and your friends, the ups and lows and everything in between. You can not ever be seventeen, and eventually you can't stop growing up. But don't forget the idle ages, don't let them disappear.



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IAmKickass
August 18th 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seems like something I'd enjoy.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 18th 2011


7047 Comments


nice review, this sounds fun but kinda typical.
my name's eric too woo!

tuk
August 18th 2011


151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, but I assure you this really isn't your typical pop punk. I'm even tempted to give this a 4.5

letsgofishing
August 18th 2011


903 Comments


This sounds like an entertaining listen.

really nice review too

accompliceofmydeath
August 18th 2011


4253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I have this, but apparently I haven't rated it. I'll check it out.

Digging: New Found Glory - Resurrection

RosaParks
August 18th 2011


14924 Comments


Sat is going to be happy about this

bungy
August 18th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't miss this Eric sir

Satellite
August 18th 2011


20822 Comments


good review

album rules

iamtheed
August 18th 2011


1 Comments


hey eric, great review. i work with the band and would love to send you more music for you to check out. feel free to email me eddie at Reybee.com. thanks

Blackbelt54
August 18th 2011


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really need to get this

Ire
August 18th 2011


41795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i liked the first few tracks a lot/satty is gay

Satellite
August 18th 2011


20822 Comments


cool

sixthgoldenticket
August 19th 2011


1176 Comments


glad this has a review

Blackbelt54
September 3rd 2011


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok this album rules

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Despite 'Idle Ages' being their debut LP, Toronto quartet Junior Battles display significant growth when compared to their previous 2 EPs. In fact, the lyrical theme of the responsibilities of maturing vs youthful recklessness is somewhat mirrored by the band themselves. It makes for an engrossing & diverse - if not especially immediate - listen, where the Canadians add a bit of alt & indie to their pop-punk roots. While the dual & gang vocals remain, the hooks are dialed down on this back-loaded album which still bodes well for the band's future. Recommended Tracks: Passing Out, Nostalgic at 23, Living in the Future of Feelings & Radio.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2011


50510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good

Firecracker
October 4th 2011


106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is AMAZING. AHHHHH!!

Ire
November 6th 2011


41795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is gud

tuk
November 6th 2011


151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this maybe wore off a little, but it's still some of the best pop punk of the year

bungy
January 31st 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WE STILL HAVE OURSELVES WHEN WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE



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