Review Summary: Don’t focus on the band name. This is one of the most enjoyable, anthem-fueled rides of 2013
It’s kind of hard to believe that one of the more enjoyable releases of 2013 so far comes from a band named Off With Their Heads, but it certainly seems to be the case with their newest effort Home.
It’s the band’s first release since 2010’s In Desolation
and it’s sure to turn heads with the most anthem-like, upbeat songs the band has ever laid to record. Backed by dirty punk vocals, the band will likely be an instant hit with fans of The Menzingers or Sharks, but they’re sure to gain some new listeners as well with their most ambitious release to date.
is packed tightly with huge choruses and sing-along verses that are sure to get the listener’s foot tapping. Despite the rather gruff vocal performance, the lyrics are surprisingly audible over the bouncy guitars and rapid drums. However, few songs are as downright fun as ‘Shirts’ or ‘Come Find Me.’ Both tracks are overflowing with energy and are made even better by flashy guitars and enjoyable gang vocals. The band also shows off their softer side on the ballad-like tracks ‘Don’t Make Me Go Home’ and ’Stolen Away’. They contain some of the most soothing vocals on the album and make for a nice break between the relentlessly fast-paced punk songs that surround them. The latter of the two stands out as one of the most memorable songs on the album as the vocalist actually gets the chance to show off his surreal singing voice. It sounds great in contrast to his harsher vocals and ‘Stolen Away’ is a prime example of his talent as a punk vocalist.
After nearly a 3 year absence, Off With Their Heads have finally refined their craft to release one of the most addicting and energetic punk albums of 2013. Once you can get past their band name, there’s a lot of substance to be found and it’s never been as apparent as on their newest effort. Whether it’s in the captivating guitars that breathe life into every song or the strong vocal performance, Home
is a highly memorable affair. The band may still have a ways to go before they reach the heights of The Gaslight Anthem or The Menzingers, but it seems they’re definitely on the right track. It's almost as if they’re finally home and they’ve never sounded better.