From Los Angeles, Ca, Call In Sick combine powerful and catchy rock riffs, along with fast paced, hard hitting, pop-punk sounds. A couple of months ago the band released their 8-track album, “Never Saw It Coming.” Call In Sick are adept at perfecting the art of pop-punk. Their songs have good hooks, catchy melodies and smart lyrics. Often drawing inspiration from bands like Blink-182 or A Day To Remember, the band get their formula dead right. It’s fun, it’s catchy, it’s dance-able and most of all, it’s rockin’.
Call In Sick, in my opinion, is one of the most characteristic of the pop-punk genre ( maybe alongside Dashboard Confessional). Songs like “Just A Phase” and “It’s Not Me, It’s You” epitomize Call In Sick’s desire to be explicitly emotional and powerful at the same time. Their biggest strength lies in the vocal arrangements, along with their impressively creative way of writing lyrics.
Colin Johnson and Call In Sick have created music that has been driven into a new generation of fitting, cunning, heartfelt power. Making “Never Saw It Coming,” a whirlwind of emotions. If I had to pick a track that is my favorite I would have to go with at least two songs that impressed me immensely; the crunchy guitar-driven “Those Were The Days” and the acoustically induced ballad, “In The Way.”
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This album is energetic, slick, well produced, and it sounds great. Most songs are upbeat with ultra-dynamic singing and phrasing, adding a breath of fresh air in an over-crowded genre. This is one of those album’s that you can put into your player and listen to the whole way through, without skipping tracks, pausing or taking a break. Each song has got such depth and it keeps changing all the way through, so you never ever get bored of hearing it!
The feeling and story behind every song is what makes this band sound great. Added of course to the high vocals, gritty guitar riffs and aggressive drumming. If you haven’t already purchased this then you are a fool. Call In Sick is a great band with awesome, meaningful, heartfelt lyrics. They really put all they have into their music. There is so much more than just a genre here. CIS have the coolest way of arranging vocals to make power-packed, emotionally grabbing songs.
Their songs are best played at full volume when driving, but the album is great to listen to anywhere really. This band will not disappoint. When you find yourself singing along with a song you feel you could have written, that’s great music. And that’s what this is.
If they continue to grow, producing the equivalent or even better music than on this album, then Call In Sick are probably bound to rise and be a breakthrough band that everyone will be talking about one day. I would highly recommend them to anyone into the indie/emo/post-pop-punk scene.
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