Review Summary: A trip down memory lane.
When listening to Divided By Friday it's obvious the band isn't trying anything new. If their debut EP Prove It
does in fact prove anything, it's that the band knows how to conjure up a nostalgic record. Their biggest influence is obviously Fall Out Boy. The two bands sound eerily similar, not just in the vocal department but also the guitars and drums. There are literally times when I forgot I was listening to Divided By Friday because its sound is so reminiscent of Take This To Your Grave
. Obviously if you're not a Fall Out Boy fan, this record will likely do nothing for you. Otherwise, this EP is an enjoyable and worthy trip down memory lane.
The album gets off to a great start with the bouncy title track, which perhaps sounds more like Take This To Your Grave
than any of the other songs. The band's vocalist is above average for the genre, but doesn't quite reach the heights of Patrick Stump or Brendon Urie. Still, he gets the job done and proves he can hit the high notes in tunes like 'The Dark Passenger' and 'Closer'. Both songs highlight some of the EP's best vocals. Thankfully, guest vocals by Jenna McDougall on 'Face to Face' help to add diversity to the album, keeping it from feeling too redundant. She is the star of Tonight Alive, who released the impressive What Are You So Scared Of
? last October. The back and forth singing of both vocalists makes it a heavenly track, definitely one worth checking out.
There's really not much else to be said about Divided By Friday's EP, Prove It
. The band certainly lacks originality, but at least they are able to craft nostalgic and catchy pop punk. I mean, isn't that enough sometimes? Who doesn't want to re-live albums as great as Take This To Your Grave
? Look no further. Many bands have attempted to imitate Patrick Stump's sound, but none of them have pulled it off quite like this. From the vocals and lyrics to the upbeat guitars, the record is one thing and one thing only. Pure Nostalgia.