If anyone else like me was missing really cool pop-punk music, I think I’ve found it in Settle Your Scores‘ new album, ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’. They are described as a “heavy pop-punk band”, and they manage to fall somewhere between Blink-182 and Slipknot. ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ was released on April 13th, 2018 via SharpTone Records. This is their follow up to their 2016 debut release, ‘The Wilderness’.
Right out of the gate, this album is set to surprise you. The first track, On the Count of Three, starts out super heavy, with a pounding bass provided by Jeffrey Borer and speed metal drumming rocked by Caleb Smith. Twenty-seconds in and vocalist Christian Fisher lets out a metal scream. I was expecting the song to keep up this style, and the next thing you know, it’s a punk song. The switch that Fisher makes between clean and heavier vocals is flawless on this track, as well as throughout the album. This track is about living through your mistakes and fears, and whether it’s better to stay and work through the issues or to leave ‘on the count of three’.
Zero Hour is the next track about finding yourself and whether to give up or keep going until you make it. The last line of the song is: I know I was born for this. It’s really cool to hear a young band working through their personal struggles in their songs and rising above. Props to drummer Smith who has such a unique style and his ability to transition between punk beats and thunderous metal drumming is a hard skill to master.
Growing Pains & Throwing Blame is super punk. The guitar riffs provided by guitarists Ricky Uhlenbrock and Patrick Bryant are bright and spunky. Listening to this song makes you want to bounce like crazy. Be careful if you have it on while you’re driving because you are more than likely to get a speeding ticket.
Up next is the complete opposite side of the coin as Dead Man Stalking is hardcore. Fisher’s vocals are raw, rough, and unpolished for a good portion of the song. This song is about a toxic relationship and still wanting to be with the person that is your poison. It’s about giving everything you have including a piece of yourself and not getting it in return. If you’re in the mood for a heavy breakup song, then this one’s for you.
If you’ve ever seen the tattoo fails, you will appreciate the track No Ragrets. This is another very pop-infused punk song, and the beats are infectious. This song is about going through the ups and downs of life, of doing things your own way and not needing anyone’s approval but your own. I think this is an important message in this day-and-age where every person is looking for some sort of approval from someone else.
They close out the album with My Reason to Come Home. This is another surprise on the album: it starts full-on acoustic with sweet, soft vocals from Fisher. The song is about leaving behind your love and your life behind every time you hit the road. It’s about the emptiness felt while trying to fulfill your life in other ways. I think this song will hit home with any touring musician or anyone else that travels for long periods of time for work or school. The only reason that keeps some people going is knowing what they are going home to. This song bursts into a final electric chorus to close out the album.
I can’t say enough good things about this album. There are several other tracks on the album for you to check out but I didn’t want to spoil all of the mystery. This is the first album I’ve listened to in a long time that I did not feel the need to skip any of the tracks even after listening to it for several hours. Put this one on your playlist and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
‘BETTER LUCK TOMORROW’ IS OUT NOW. GRAB YOUR COPY HERE!