Album Review – Not Here To Make Friends by Talk Show Host
“Two recovering punks and an indie rocker walk into a bar”… and you end up with Talk Show Host. This band truly blends the best of pop-punk and indie rock to create a sound that is reminiscent of all the great pop-punk and indie bands of my younger years while bringing a newer sound into the present day. From the first note of Dead Meat to the last note of A Nervous Wreck, their newest EP has you feeling nostalgic for the early 2000’s pop-punk scene, while feeling refreshed from the unique sound of each song.
Their third EP, Not Here to Make Friends, shows how diverse this band is capable of sounding. The EP is not even thirteen minutes long, but you will wish it was much longer by the time it’s done. Each song has its own unique features that stand out and showcase the talents of the members. Solid guitar, strong vocals, serious drums, and quality bass run through the entire album, yet each song is so distinct you might not know it was the same band unless you were told.
The album starts off with “Dead Meat”; a serious throwback to the days of New Found Glory and Good Charlotte. Fast tempo, strong vocals, and an uplifting vibe paired with darker lyrics made this one of my favourite songs on the album. It took me a few listens to pick up on the lyrics because I was too busy head banging to this upbeat song, but I like it even more after listening a little closer.
“We’re Not Here to Make Friends” has a stronger punk vibe with heavier guitar and quality vocals. The message of this song is punk in its truest form. This song blends solid guitar and a fast tempo with a melody that’s catchy as hell. Hats off to the drummer on this one for sure!
“I Hate Men (I Hate All Men)” is the third song on this album and got stuck in my head after just one listen. I’m warning you now, if you listen to this song, you will be hooked. The catchy poprock sound of this song will bring back memories of Panic! At the Disco and make you want to dance like no one is watching.
Next on the album is “Watch Him Fall” which has more of an indie rock sound to it. Deeper lyrics pair well with the heavier sound of this song. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I know this song reminds me of another song that I loved back in the day and I’m sure you’ll have the same feeling.
Finally, “A Nervous Wreck” hits you right in the punk. Three notes in, I’m instantlyreminded of Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard and the like. The f*** it vibe of this song is so perfect it hurts. I just want to blast this song, sing along, and bang my head. Another of my favourites on this short EP, if you’re only going to listen to one song off this album, pick this one to get your dose of punk vibes.
Listening to this album is like listening to all my favourite pop-punk/indie bands put together in a modern arrangement and it’s so nostalgic it’s killing me! I cannot stop talking about this album and I can’t get over how different each song sounds. This is a quality EP that showcases the serious talent and diversity of Talk Show Host. The album is different enough that it definitely stands out in a crowd, but familiar enough that you can’t help but love it. I hope Talk Show Host takes the world by storm and continues to turn out more quality tracks. Meanwhile, I’ll be here playing this album on repeat and waiting for a full length album.