Jail Socks
Coming Down


3.0
good

Review

by nilsson USER (4 Reviews)
September 10th, 2021 | 10 replies


Release Date: 09/03/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A pleasant if sometimes forgettable debut.

After two EPs and a split with fellow Charlotte natives Placeholder, emo trio Jail Socks have released their debut full-length Coming Down. While their previous efforts were heavily influenced by twinkly Midwest emo riffage, Coming Down sees the group moving away from strict Kinsella-core. The band maintain their trademark math-rock noodling while incorporating power pop, pop-punk, and sensitive balladry. The result is something of a mixed bag.

The best songs on Coming Down are built around strong hooks: the riffy, defiant chorus of “Spinning”, the climactic bridge of opener “Caving In", singer Aidan Yoh lamenting his life’s stasis in the chorus of “On the Run”. In these moments, the band’s earnestness and energy and dynamic playing cohere into the catharsis for which great emo music strives. The real issue with Coming Down is that, to my ears at least, these moments come too rarely. Tracks like “Losing Everything”, a mid-tempo power-pop tune, and “No Ground”, a kind of pop-punk/post-hardcore hybrid, feel pretty perfunctory. They’re absolutely serviceable songs, but they are treading ground that’s been trod many times before.

It’s the two ballads, “Pale Blue Light” and “More Than This”, that really feel like the low points of the album. I feel bad singling out these two tracks, as they deal with some pretty personal feelings of heartbreak, self-loathing, and grief, but it does feel pretty damning of the songwriting and production that songs focused on such inherently emotional subject matter leave me so cold. They feel flat, inert, bland. Skippable, in a word.

Coming Down ultimately leaves me feeling pretty ambivalent. It’s a record with some real pleasures, but for a pop-punk record, I don’t walk away from the album singing too many hooks, and for an emo record, I don’t find myself feeling moved all that often. Still, given the band’s penchant for incorporating various emo influences, I remain optimistic that Coming Down is the set up for much better things to come from Jail Socks.


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nilsson
September 10th 2021


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wanted to review something contemporary. Not bad, but definitely not essential listening.

SlothcoreSam
September 11th 2021


3374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty underwhelming album. I was expecting a lot more after their last EP.

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Sowing
Moderator
September 11th 2021


39049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I listened to this on a whim last week and it was pretty much the definition of forgettable pop punk. Not bad, just kind of pointless.

Good review.

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nilsson
September 11th 2021


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks! Yeah, Ian Cohen recommended it on Indiecast last week. Was surprised at how underwhelming it was, usually I'm on his wavelength.

SlothcoreSam
September 11th 2021


3374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you want to check some better emo/indie punk, there is a new album by You Rest, You Joy Life, called Uncomfortable, that is really cool and underrated. They have the worst name though.

nilsson
September 11th 2021


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice, I'll check it out! Thanks for the rec. I'm a pretty big fan of The World Is a Beautiful Place..., no stranger to emo bands with awful names haha.

SlothcoreSam
September 11th 2021


3374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Speaking of the World is a beautiful place...., there is another new album that has similar mathy emo punk vibes, I Feel Fine- The Cold in Every Shelter. Another underrated album that needs more attention.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


15110 Comments


good review [2] stick around.

Ebola
September 12th 2021


4129 Comments


completely agree with this review. album isn't bad, but lacks any sort of identity or freshness. beyond derivative

parksungjoon
September 12th 2021


35441 Comments


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