All the Right Moves – Self Titled

Formerly The Evermore Escape, All the Right Moves is another one of those bands (much like Go Periscope) that I simply can’t believe aren’t signed yet. Some record company is gonna snatch them right on up.

All the Right Moves is one of those bands that I hate to love. They’re not even pop-punk…they’re power-pop-punk. They try just thatmuchharder. Their debut, eponymous EP was released alllllll the way back in 2008, but the quintet from Minneapolis, Minnesota is currently working on a new album, due out sometime this year.

This album is everything you would expect a power pop album to be, but with just a little bit more. From the slightly ska-driven slash surfer rock “Wildfire” to the oh-so-painfully emo “Mona Lisa”, it’s just…fun. It’s a carefree, loose, enjoyable album. It’s cliche, it’s been done to death, it sounds like a million albums that have been out for years, and goddamn is it catchy. I just can’t help myself, but I’m a giant emo bastard. On the plus side, it’s not just a bass, a guitar, a drum set, and some kid whining into a microphone…they do apparently have some variety including piano and some kick-ass violin. I’ve heard of them referred to as a “piano rock band” and that’s a huge lie. It’s no Something Corporate, but it’ll do.

Another bonus? Solid quality. Produced by Jordan Mark Schmidt (All Time Low, Automatic Loveletter, Sing It Loud), this album is all neatly wrapped and ready for the masses and the radio stations and the screaming 15 year old girls. I have a feeling that these guys are gonna start popping up all over the place. They’ve already won some battle of the bands thing for Pizza Hut (kinda weird, I know, but hey, that’s how you get your name out there right!?), have had a few spots on the Warped Tour circuit, and have consistently stayed in the Top Ten over on Smartpunk.com. If you love shitty emo punk as much as I do, definitely check out All the Right Moves. You can get their debut EP on iTunes right now for super cheap, or you can stream it for free on their Myspace. B

“Dancer”

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One thought on “All the Right Moves – Self Titled

  1. Umm, you nailed them down to a T with the whole power pop-emo deal. Good quality, although I don’t think the lyrics match the video and perhaps could have been a little more epic and in the moment rather than cheeky humor. Then again, I only listened once. Good for them!

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