Prom Night in Black and White
This Sinking Ship



by Get Low USER (22 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2019 | 4 replies

Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You and me, let's stay forever seventeen

Prom Night in Black and White were a four-piece pop-punk band from Canada who gained a small fanbase of scene kids during the days of Myspace. In 2008, they self-released This Sinking Ship, their first of two EPs. With only four tracks and a thirteen minute runtime, one would think that an EP such as this by a band that faded into obsoletion along with the social media platform they were most known on would be long forgotten by everyone. However, throughout the past ten-plus years, I have returned to This Sinking Ship every now and then, for the once heartfelt but now nostalgic musings of Prom Night have always, if only briefly, brought my mind back to a better time.

The opener, Sweep You Off Your Feet, showcases what the band does seamlessly throughout the EP: transition between sullen acoustic melodies and fast-paced chord progressions and riffs. While the singer, Joel (last names of the band members nowhere to be found), uses evident pitch correction at the beginning of this track and during a few other points on the EP, it never comes off as distracting nor disingenuous; and furthermore, he proves during the chorus that he can belt it out just fine with his Tom DeLonge-style vocals. The second track, Epic Phaile, is the heaviest song on the EP, and features the drummer leading the way through every riff, and basically popping off the entire song. The band's flagship sad-boy anthem Flaws in Her Words comes next, and I would imagine that anyone who hears for the first time the harmonizing female guest vocals as well as the catchy but self-deprecating chorus (I can hear the b-b-beating from beneath the floorboards / where she buried all the hearts of her former lovers / I'd give anything to be buried there / just to know what it's like to have her) could understand why this song was always the fan-favorite. The EP concludes with The Current State, which is a song about being jealous of the guy who is currently with your girl.

Prom Night in Black and White were part of a brand of sad pop-punk that only existed, and perhaps could only exist, during the late 00's. This Sinking Ship, while not inherently a happy EP, never fails to, at the very least, bring a smile to my face (and at the very most, have me air-drumming frantically to Epic Phaile). While nothing more than a collection of songs written for and performed by high school kids on the surface, This Sinking Ship has become a nostalgic artifact for me and possibly a few others who still reminisce about their long lost friends who used to be in their Top 8.

Recent reviews by this author
Lights Skin And Earth AcousticEnter Shikari The Zone
Iggy Azalea Survive The SummerThe Artificials Heart
Novelists FR C'est La VieJoJo JoJo (2018)
user ratings (0)
trending all genres albums




To Pimp a Butterfly

Comments:Add a Comment 
Get Low
December 2nd 2019


I always knew I would eventually review this. If I have convinced anyone to check this out, it is on Spotify, unlike the music of most other bands who lived and died with Myspace. However, for some reason this EP falls under the name "Prom Night in Black & White", which is not the correct stylization of the band name (it's suppose to have an "and", not an "&").

December 2nd 2019


As soon as "prom" is in the band name you know they're from the myspace days

Digging: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships

Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2019


"last names of the band members nowhere to be found"

Never hiring you as my PI again. Pos.

Digging: Boris - Urban Dance

Get Low
December 3rd 2019


My Google-searching skills have always been a bit below average...
Thanks for the pos.

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 2005-2020
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy