Now for what makes the single “Breakthrough” from EP ‘Confessions of a Normal Life’ by 2-piece alternative rock band The Photoshoplifters great: The track rocks from start to end. Not only does it rock, but it flows with fluid instrumentation and powerful vocals. Justin Senger (Vocals/Guitar) and Maddie Murray (Drums/Programming) from Billings, Montana, shoot it straight from the soul. It’s clear from the opening riffs, even if you have never heard this band before that one can count on The Photoshoplifters to deliver quality singles, and that is how “Breakthrough” starts off.
While the instrumentation is tight and crunchy, Senger’s vocal delivery is passionate and has its foundation in well-displayed emotion. It’s also why the chorus repetitions don’t wear thin. The simple soaring melody anchored by emotive vocals, angst-ridden lyrics and effective songwriting drives the song into a euphoric state.
While some bands have their weakest songs be the singles, The Photoshoplifters know how to write an ear-catching tune and make it one of the best tracks they can offer.
Maddie Murray’s intelligible drumming and Justin Senger’s incredible vocals fluctuate from impassioned, soft coos to fervent, rougher bellows characterize a winning formula that potential fans will grow to love.
The rest is completed with captivating guitar riffs and intriguing rhythms that set the mood. I listened to the rest of the “Confessions of a Normal Life” EP, and The Photoshoplifters display the same high level of artistry and quality that translates into powerful and engaging music.
There are a number of stellar songs that could have made the list of standout tracks, along with this single. This is an EP that could be listened to multiple times before the listener realizes it has looped back around.
Fans of Three Days Grace, Linkin Park, Red, Seether, Skillet, Trapt, Papa Roach, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin can all appreciate this style of alternative rock, though none of those bands sound quite the same as The Photoshoplifters, for the simple reason that they infuse a heavy dose of punk angst and catchiness into their music.
This talented Montana rock group’s insatiable desire to elevate the quality of their music with constant tweaks and minor improvements can be heard on every track, no matter how raw or visceral, and will no doubt be chalked up to perfection as they move ahead with new releases. For now on “Breakthrough”, this band simply rocks…the music…the lyrics…the performance…the total package!