Bicycle Sunday
Nothing's All Right



by Iamthe Nightstars USER (8 Reviews)
March 13th, 2011 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "When will you come back home to where your heart is?"

Writing music is easy. Writing “good” music is a completely different story. Good music takes a lot of talent and creativity. However, talent alone will not cut it. A very important detail that should not be overlooked is the putting of your heart and soul into the music. Bicycle Sunday bare both talent and heart in their first release, “Nothing’s All Right.”

Just from listening to a song or two, it is obvious that Bicycle Sunday takes influence from bands such as Mineral and American Football. Like these bands, they imitate likable factors within their music, but what is eminent about this EP is how the band is able to take their influences and mend them with their own style. A couple ways they make this evident is the way the bass stands out with bass lines that do more than just follow the guitars and using group vocals at times for better effect. While not creating the most original music Bicycle Sunday makes up for it with plenty of likable traits.

All throughout the EP there is a great display of guitar harmonies. One guitar is usually strumming chords while the other is playing a more complex picking pattern. The intro to “Irish Architecture” is probably one of the most notable moments of the EP instrumentally. The song starts with a guitar riff consisting of hammer-ons and pull-offs while the drums keep a steady tempo on the hi-hat and occasionally hitting a cymbal and tom. The second guitar soon joins them with a fitting harmony and finally, the bass. The song later displays a powerful part when the instruments casually drop out while the singer sings a line by himself that leads into crushing guitars with distortion along with the other instruments.

The singer’s voice is very well fitting for the music. He proves on different occasions all through the EP how effective his vocal style that is a mix between singing and a more aggressive yell can be. Not only do the vocals blend well with the music, but they also are backed with meaningful lyrics. Though the lyrics are simple and don’t use much imagery they prove to be honest and from the heart. A great example of this is exhibited in “Irish Architecture.”

"I don’t know what to say anymore, I’m not as strong as most would think I am
I’m not as strong as you were all your years, a pillar to rest this house on.
And even after their hearts gave out you still held your head up high.
You’re much stronger than I.
I will never forget you or your heart."

One of the banal aspects about the EP is how the guitars usually tend to strum various power chords throughout a chorus. Another weak point is that there is not much variation and each track keeps a moderately slow tempo for the entire song. These two things can make it hard to tell the songs apart at times. Fortunately, Bicycle Sunday doesn’t always follow the typical “verse chorus verse” song formula thus making these negative elements harder to notice. This is well demonstrated in the first track.

Don’t let the uninteresting album art fool you, this is an exceptional indie/emo EP that showcases a few things that Bicycle Sunday is capable of. While this would best please anyone yearning for a Mineral reunion, it still has a charming affection that can reach out to almost anyone interested in the genre.

Recent reviews by this author
The Ivoryton Piano Factory Permagrin: The Music of Justin VeatchSeptember (emo) Erasmia Pulcella
September Erasmia PucellaAnd None of Them Knew They Were Robots And None of Them Knew They Were Robots
Emo Side Project The End of SomethingOwen Ghost Town
user ratings (11)

Comments:Add a Comment 
Iamthe Nightstars
March 13th 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

2nd review. Would definitely recommend this if you like any of the "recommended by reviewer" albums I put. It's only $3 to download this off their bandcamp account.

March 14th 2011


pos'd i'll probably check this out.

Iamthe Nightstars
March 14th 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks sniper, I'm sure you'll dig it. It's available to stream on their bandcamp too.

April 16th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

just got this CD in the mail today....sounds pretty cool so far.

Plus I guess the singer (who takes care of their orders and stuff) has been in and out of the hospital with stomach issues for a while and the order took awhile to finally arrive so he sent me a bunch of other CD's too for the delay. Good deal hah

April 16th 2011


i never checked this out. i should.

Iamthe Nightstars
April 17th 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

Indeed you should. Some pretty cool midwestern emo. Looking forward to whatever they come out with next.

October 14th 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

The lyrics on this are pretty awful.

March 22nd 2013


Nice review. And I agree with the guy above me. The lyrics are lacking a lot of good things, and the album suffers greatly from it.

Iamthe Nightstars
April 5th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5

Damn, I remembered this album being a lot better when I wrote this.

You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile


Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Site Copyright 2005-2019
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy