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The Snips: Highs of LowHighs of Low (2012)
Rival Party Records
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: adamadam
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My oft repeated criticism of bands on the pop-punk/melodic hardcore spectrum is that they do themselves an utter disservice in the studio. This is particularly true when bands turn a writing corner like the Snips have: when they've embraced mid-tempo, classically accessible song structures over spee.
My oft repeated criticism of bands on the pop-punk/melodic hardcore spectrum is that they do themselves an utter disservice in the studio. This is particularly true when bands turn a writing corner like the Snips have: when they've embraced mid-tempo, classically accessible song structures over speed and sub-genre tropes. That's what assholes who write record reviews call a "mature sound." For bands, it often means they're close enough to having something vaguely mainstream-accessible that big, meaty production is an easy sell. It's the result of someone in the soundbooth exclaiming "this could be your Everlong!" and it almost always results in generic, overwrought records. Highs of Low doesn't do that. It absolutely could have given the type of songs the Welland, Ontario five-piece is writing, but it doesn't and that feels notable. Credit goes to producer Dan Weston for letting the band sound suitably epic, but not unfortunately epic. The Snips still sound like the band they are, which is a local favorite who'll pack a small bar with their friends while the rest of the world unfortunately shrugs. It's, at the very least, honest.
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