I Call Fives
Someone That's Not You


3.0
good

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
March 23rd, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A disappointing teaser, or simply a tease from this talented pop-punk outfit?

Pop-punk is in an interesting state of flux at present, seemingly just as likely to burgeon as it is to become obsolete. This has much to do with the two distinct styles of music currently making up the genre's loose definition. On one hand there are the slick poppy acts, and on the other the heavier punk-leaning throwbacks. It's actually a surprise that more bands do not attempt to capitalize on an expanded fan-base by splitting the difference... A near-perfect description of what New Jersey outfit I Call Fives have targeted on their two EPs to date, and continue to do on third EP 'Someone That's Not You'.

Those listeners looking for a benchmark to the quintet's sound could not do much better than the opening title track here. Mild backing screams and gang vocals float in and out to best exemplify the aforementioned balance, as grittiness still prevails despite the relatively slick production. A strong musical back-bone is especially evident in the propulsive drumming, which is once more right up there with their punk-rock peers. Consolidating its status as this EPs highlight is its catchy chorus, which only just falls short of their best and adds a satisfying sing-along element. Not too dissimilar is up-tempo successor 'Backup Plan', another track which lyrically centers around the clichéd theme of relationship problems. Not quite as hooky as the opener, it is still a solid tune, even if it is far from looking to reinvent the wheel.

Yielding mixed results, the final two tracks of this release attempt to provide diversity to an EP which probably does not require it. The now almost customary acoustic pop-punk piece appears in the form of 'Lakeview', a track which initially does not inspire, yet is a deceptive ear-worm due to its recitable refrain. Finally, 'Someone That's Not You' closes with 'How's It Gonna Be', a Third Eye Blind Cover that shows off a nice melodic guitar lead, but exposes the weaknesses of lead vocalist Jeff Todd. Laconically over-enunciating to the song's detriment, Todd's semi-nasally whine really stands out here, while trying to find that always difficult to locate balance of paying homage to the original song and making it the band's own. Unfortunately, I Call Fives end up doing neither.

Considering the satisfying nature of the quintet's previous two EPs, 'Someone That's Not You' regrettably comes off as a little disappointing. Not as consistent as their debut 'First Things First', nor reaching the heights of follow-up 'Bad Advice', the objective of this scant twelve minute release feels a little confused. Is it meant to be a stand-alone EP, a stop-gap compilation, or simply a teaser for the band's belated debut full-length release come the northern hemisphere summer? In fact, the jury may still be out here until that LP is released, since this solid - if unspectacular - four track effort does raise some concerns on whether I Call Fives will be able to successfully step up to the big leagues. Hopefully, this is more of a tease than a teaser, and this talented outfit can take advantage of a potential niche sound that will further - not fail - the pop-punk genre

Recommended Tracks: Someone That's Not You & Backup Plan.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Under-rated band, but this feels like a step down. Haven't given up on them just yet though.

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 22nd 2012


4854 Comments


I heard this, wasn't impressed. I feel weary of this genre lately.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Understandable chipmunk. Have you given their previous EPs a listen? May be more your thing.

HypedMerchant
March 22nd 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Pretty great review.
The cover of How's It Gonna Be is the weak track on this EP.

Eko
March 22nd 2012


2119 Comments


puntastic band name

might check out for 3eb cover

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks HM... Thought I'd try & get these guys name out there, but I'm not sure I did it for the right EP.

Carefuk Eko, it's not all that good.

BewilderedLemon
March 23rd 2012


123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really good imo

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accompliceofmydeath
March 23rd 2012


4297 Comments


Judging by the album cover it looks like the trying to be super srs tr00 pop punk. Is that the case?

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Hep Kat
March 23rd 2012


15356 Comments


these guys are total douche bags. we played with them and they wouldn't let us or anyone else use the pa they brought, essentially ruining the entire show. also it was an all ages no drinking/drugs event and they were totally fucked up

i mean so was i but the principle of the thing

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Unsure really good = 4, but glad you liked it Lemon.

I wouldn't call it "super serious", but I do feel they are trying to update "true pop-punk" to some extent.

Ba$tards. One day you will be headlining over them Hep & you'll show them.

AdamK
March 24th 2012


987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If all the songs were like Backup Plan and they left off the last long (or replaced it with a better acoustic song) i feel like this could have been a lot better. This kind of pop punk needs to be super catchy (for the best, elevator music, etc) not just mildly catchy (lakeview) because then when compared to the rest it becomes stale and doesn't leave an impression.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed.... Although I prefer the titlte track over 'Backup Plan' slightly. I guess they just wanted to have a go at a cover version & I definitely prefer that they do that here than on their upcoming debut LP.

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 24th 2012


4854 Comments


Their earlier stuff is significantly better. I don't know, I think I'll have to relisten to this.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

andcas, it isn't as consistent & has 3 less songs.

I agree with chipmunk that their earlier stuff is better & am thinking they are using an EP like this more to try a few things out.

Sirob
March 25th 2012


2653 Comments


ahh i forgot about this band after i downloaded them like 3 years ago. good to see they are making more music. i seem to remember some good drumming?

jdennis31
March 25th 2012


6511 Comments


@hep kat yeah man

SkankinJake
March 26th 2012


88 Comments


this < Bad Advice

botb
March 26th 2012


9760 Comments


this band just isn't that cool.

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2012


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes backwards boris, the drumming is good with these guys... It's definitely the main throwback component.

Correct Jake.

If they're not cool, they may as well retire now.

F0RBES
April 3rd 2012


276 Comments


Only ever listen to this type of pop-punk if it is super catchy. Looks like i'll pass on this. If only they made more songs like Elevator Music or This Song is So 2006.



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