Skyway
Finders Keepers


3.5
great

Review

by Tyler Christian Pifer USER (17 Reviews)
March 6th, 2013 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Die hard pop-punk fans will find "Finders Keeper" a breath of fresh air in an over crowded genre.

Skyway are a pop-punk band from Australia who are not well known outside of their country. This is perhaps to a lack of any touring in other countries. The band gained popularity by supporting The Amity Affliction along with Bring Me The Horizon on TAA's *** The Reaper Tour back in 2010. After a couple EP releases, Skyway released their debut LP, 'Finders Keepers' in 2011 to positive reception. The band toured Australia as an opening act for Parkway Drive in support of their record.

From the opening track, "Losers Weepers," we are given a very good idea of what to expect, and that is catchy pop-punk with more emphasis on punk. The song is very short, clocking in under a minute, but it manages to have a lot of meat to it ending with a guitar solo. "Birthdays (Are For Sluts and Losers)" is the first single off the album and it proves to be one of the best. It demonstrates Skyway's ability to give infectious hooks with an emphasis on the punk side of the band. "And The Toe-Tag Will Read Sell Out," the only song from their EP 'Nauseating Suburbia,' has a couple of slight changes and it fits into the album nicely. This track also has a lot of '90's punk influences, which works to perfection. The band does much of the same, however there are a couple tracks that stand out from the rest. The first one is called "Words With Friends" which features stand out guest vocals from One Dollar Short's Scott Woods. His voice contradicts nicely with Dan's higher pitched vocals and it adds to the bands sound in a very positive way. Another stand out is Skyway's version of A Day To Remember, "You Promised Me The World, But Gave Me An Atlas." This song features none other than Winston McCall from Parkay Drive on vocals. The song also features prominent guitar riffs. Winston's vocals, as well as a very well placed breakdown, give the album some diversity and proves to be one of the album's highlights. The MVP of the band without a doubt is drummer Ben Hallet. His drumming is simply astounding. His pop-punk style drumming is one of the best in the genre, but he also manages to pull off other drumming styles such as metalcore.

Skyway's debut album is the perfect album to get pop-punk out of the rut that the genre has been stuck in for quite some time. The album blends several different styles of punk all the while staying true to their pop-punk sound. Die hard pop-punk fans will find "Finders Keeper" a breath of fresh air in an over crowded genre that has more mediocre bands than good ones. Skywayvare a pop-punk force to be reckoned with in the future.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013


20067 Comments


sweet so i'm guessing this is on spotify? lol

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nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol yeah it is.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013


20067 Comments


gonna eat the dinner but i'll read the review after ;)

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool.

Ecnalzen
March 5th 2013


6780 Comments


I may have to listen to this solely because of the track name Birthdays (Are For Sluts and Losers).

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha

Ecnalzen
March 5th 2013


6780 Comments


This song is great. These guys look super young.

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah they are

Ecnalzen
March 5th 2013


6780 Comments


"The song also features prominent guitar riffs. Winston's vocals, as well as a very well placed breakdown, give the album some diversity and proves to be one of the album's highlights."

The first sentence here kind of feels like it's incomplete. You could combine it with the second one:

"Winston's vocals, along with prominent guitar riffs and a very well placed breakdown, give the band's sound some diversity and proves to be one of the album's highlights."

I don't know, it just felt awkward when I read that section and that sentence popped up.

Ecnalzen
March 5th 2013


6780 Comments


Same with this one:

"His drumming is simply astounding. His pop-punk style drumming is one of the best in the genre, but he also manages to pull off other drumming styles such as metalcore."

- His drumming is simply astounding and is one of the best in the pop-punk genre, as well as the fact that he can even pull off other styles, such as metalcore. -

Yea... Good review. It's a nice read.

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013


20067 Comments


Lol andcas things will turn around bro fuck the haters

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I could care less what they think though. I like the band and I know I wrote a good review so fuck what the trolls think. They're like Pit, sometimes people like to argue just because they can, while saying the same thing every single time. They think they're elitists.

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What did you think, Atari?

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We need to do away with that whole thing.

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it would


atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013


2845 Comments


Every pop-punk review i read these days say they're a breath of fresh air.. lol

nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think, in this case, it is. But a lot of reviews are wrong.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013


20067 Comments


"What did you think, Atari?"

about the band/review or about what you said about elitists? lol



nononsense
March 5th 2013


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All three, why not.



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