Review Summary: For once, nice guys don't finish last
“Nice guys finish last.” If there were ever a time and a band active to reverse this renowned expression, that time is now and that group is Spraynard. As a newly formed pop-punk outfit out of Wester Chester, Pennsylvania, Spraynard has been celebrated for their reputation as being incredibly nice guys, which is something that is noted on music and social networking sites as well as within their song titles. In addition, their second full-length record Funtitled
is available for free download on IfYouMakeit.com, as per their request. So, I guess it’s safe to say that those Spraynard dudes are pretty damn nice. Not to mention, that their music is rather fantastic.
Clocking in at just over 25 minutes, Spraynard’s sophomore effort, Funtitled
is a spastic and exuberant punk record that cuts the bull*** and emphasizes fun over all dispositions. Riding momentous bass-lines and memorable pop-hooks, Spraynard’s music draws countless comparisons to their org-core counterparts, as well as departed Long-Islanders Latterman. Never ceasing to be buoyant or even finding a reason to turn the metronome down, Funtitled
contains that anthemic element that is so touted among its peers, which is illustrated through occasional gang vocals and infectious choruses. The instrumentation, while not mind-blowing, accentuates the shouted vocals suitably with melodic leads and power chords. As typical as Funtitled
may seem within the genre, Spraynard takes the opportunity to reveal their inspiration of growing pains, fading memories, and fallen comrades. With all this said however, Spraynard does not stray from the overall theme of Funtitled
, as the record is home to pop-culture references from South Park to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. When it comes down to it, Spraynard do not exist to break sonic boundaries or demonstrate anything profound, but rather to carry on the unifying, energetic, and enjoyable spirit of org-core. And Funtitled
does just that.