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Review: Home & Away, “The Things I’ve Done Without You”

Photo by Jade Renee

Photo by Jade Renee


St. Louis pop-punk band Home & Away plans on releasing their latest album, “The Things I’ve Done Without You” July 3.



Home & Away has already established that they are sad boiz with an affinity for pop culture references, especially as heard in their last album, “Still Breathing.” The nerds start off “The Things I’ve Done Without You” with an intro that is a treasure chest of memorable lines from cult classics like “The Hangover,” “Clerks,” and “Anchorman.” Even with the lack of vocals, the dramatic instrumentals speak for themselves. We already know we’re gonna get socked in the face with emo-ish pop-punk tunes and off-color lyrics.

“Benches” doesn’t hold back as a post-breakup song. Taking us through the motions of the dissolution of a relations, the song builds in harshness. It mentions “moving on,” and giving the finger to “everything you ever told me.” It’s not a wallowing-in-sorrow type of sad song. It’s more of a ‘idgaf about your love’ song, complete with impressive guitar melodies.

The album is fairly upbeat, but Home & Away digs deep in their feelings with “Blood and Gold.” Unlike “Benches,” this one deals with the specifics:

“I spend so many nights trying to sleep
when i knew i couldn’t
I choked down so many pills
that I swore didn’t’ belong to me
even music lost its taste…”

It’s a heart-wrenching song that would make Mayday Parade’s saddest song sound like a club hit. It leads into “Leprosy,” another depressing anthem with the motto of the down-trodden: “Why am I broken still after so long?” It’s arguably the best song off the album, with its oddball melody, sadboy lyrics, and drums beating as fast as your heart as you ponder the direction of your life.

“The Things I’ve Done Without You” is a classic pop-punk package: the occasional “f you,” the mention of a sour relationship, the brushes with death. But Home & Away still makes the record theirs. The lyrics could only come from these video game nerds and as record-releasing pros, the guitars, bass and drums each resemble the quirky personalities of their respective players. The vocals are even stronger on this record; whether they find it a compliment or not, the vox often sound slightly like Man Overboard. It’s a home (& away) run from the Midwest punks. Make sure to grab the album fo’ free on their Bandcamp page!





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