WRITTEN BY: MEG
Back in 2018, Boys Of Fall dropped an EP (“Chasing Lonely”) and an LP (“Better Moments”), which became two of my favorite releases from that year. Fast forward to 2020, and the band has returned with their latest album, titled “Distance.”
The album opens with its title track, “Distance,” where cleaner guitars deliver simple riffs and accompany softer vocals before the song gradually builds up to a harder-hitting chorus with a very impressive vocal performance that precedes the heavier bridge. The following track, “Midnight,” is pretty similar, with softer guitars and vocals at first before harder-hitting instrumentals come in to accompany a combination of clean and unclean vocals, and the bridge combines the melody and aggression shown throughout the song.
“Worth It” quickly picks up the pace with its catchy and much more upbeat instrumentation, and this song also mixes in some heavier vocals amongst the more melodic performances. “Mad Sad” showcases the band’s pop-punk influences through very memorable riffs and melodies, especially in its chorus (which really lets the vocals shine), and this track also mixes in some aggression here and there throughout its duration. “Little Disaster” brings even more energy to the table, as well as some of the most unforgettable composition on the record, and it also adds a little bit of aggression right around the bridge, which contains one of quite a few very impressive guitar solos on this record.
“Rain” is much softer and has a more midtempo rhythm driven by the drums and more simplistic guitars. It shows the poppier influences within this band’s sound very well, and foreshadows the track that it transitions nicely into, “Heavy Hearts.” This one starts out a lot softer in comparison to the other pop-punk influenced tracks, but it gradually builds up to its bigger chorus, which is one of the most memorable on the entire record. Some aggression is added in during the second verse, and the more laid-back bridge precedes the huge final chorus and heavier outro. The lead single “Overthinking” encompasses a lot of what this record has to offer, from the more melodic, pop-influenced intro to the anthemic chorus and the guitar solo within the more aggressive bridge. The second to last track, “False Love,” is also on the much slower and softer side, driven by simpler instrumentation, and it contains yet another catchy guitar solo. “Closure” closes the record out, and it’s another simplistic track, led primarily by vocals and acoustic guitar, but it still concludes the record nicely.
Boys Of Fall combine a mixture of melody and aggression, as well as a variety of different influences from their sound past and present, and collectively, it makes up another incredible record from them.
"distance" is available now. listen to the album here: