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I Call Fives

I Call Fives: First Things FirstFirst Things First (2008)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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My main contention with this newer era of New Found Glory-influenced pop-punk bands actually tends to lie, more than anything, in the vocalists. It seems like a singer is really just making or breaking it for me. I love Set Your Goals' dual style but I can't stand Fireworks' poor Jordan Pundik impre.
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My main contention with this newer era of New Found Glory-influenced pop-punk bands actually tends to lie, more than anything, in the vocalists. It seems like a singer is really just making or breaking it for me. I love Set Your Goals' dual style but I can't stand Fireworks' poor Jordan Pundik impression. Title Fight's got a great dynamic approach but This Time Next Year's overproduced front bums me out. I Call Fives lie somewhere in the middle.

They fit this group incredibly well, as their First Things First EP sounds like Cartel's first EP sent five years forward through the time of bands like All Time Low and the Maine. The production is absolutely sparkling -- courtesy of Valencia Recording Studio (All Time Low) -- but the execution is modest enough to avoid being overbearing. The lyrics certainly aren't brilliant, but there's bits of creativity in here, like the subtle tempo changes in "My Last Mistake" and "Coast to Coast." The gang shouts are minimal and actually pretty tasteful when applied.

Their vocalist does have a very questionable delivery, though. There's a level of nasality that just misses being too much and I can't tell if it's simply sweet or saccharine. If you were holding a gun to my head, I...might lean towards the former. Struggles like this tend to be present in the lyrics, too. "This Song Is So...2006" seems almost like a heavily veiled straight-edge anthem, led by a chorus that seems like it's trying to teach a lesson through mindless wordplay I'd expect from Forever the Sickest Kids or something: "We won't stop stop to this beat we're pumpin' / We rock 'til we drop / We won't stop we've got it / Hard hard as the drugs you're poppin' / The easiest way to escape from the world / Turn up your radio just let go / A simple equation none of us know / How do we get to the core of your heart / How do we get to the top."

All in all, I'm not quite sure what to think, but there's enough memorable moments here to dignify First Things First as ever-so-slightly above average. I Call Fives need a lot of work to avoid sounding like their more popular hair-in-the-face sweet promo shot ringleaders, but I think they can do it.

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Ready to Go
My Last Mistake
Coast to Coast
Twelve Credits Short

Running in Circles
This Song Is So...2006

 

 
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literamaniac (August 24, 2010)

Sounds way too much like All Time Low

onegirlarmy (March 22, 2009)

Band sucks.

Oh wait, I'm a girl, so I'm supposed to like this....

SilentStorms (March 4, 2009)

Wow, score is for the lyrics quote. But Brian, why did this get 3 stars? I don't understand how the score works with the review? Shit, that wasn't a question.

JonDreamy (March 3, 2009)

The score is for the ugly record cover and band name.

the reviewer who has heard all those shit groups I never have. You have to spend time searching for those bands I'm sure. Fuckin' waste of time. I know they suck from their names and pictures alone.

thesidekicksuicide (March 2, 2009)

I agree with a lot of things said here. These guys do something live that doesn't translate onto recordings. I have some friends in a couple different NFG-inspired pop punk bands and all I ever tell em is to listen to more Lifetime. ha

danclemens (March 1, 2009)

my band played with this band once. they were really good live but it didn't translate well onto the cd I don't think. I kind of agree with the review.

score is for title fight.

xshoutoutx (February 28, 2009)

... listen to more lifetime!

drewxfishy (February 28, 2009)

agreed to the dude before me

and hell yea i call fives wrecks shit

saw em last summer w/ the wonder years and they covered shoulder to the wheel by saves the day it ruled

pinkerton (February 28, 2009)

i think that ultimately the reason why bands like this are successful is because they offer something 'extra' besides a handful of perfected mid tempo jingles.

nfg had its ahare of those back in the day, but on their old shit also had tunes at fatwreck speed.

diversity is key.

score for review.

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