Hailing from Albuquerque, Right On, Kid have proven with their latest release that ‘old school’ pop-punk has a way of staying alive when delivered right. The quintet’s EP, When Words Are Enough, contains the essentials of a pop-punk record, and effortlessly brings together the quintessence of the timeless genre while simultaneously encompassing the band’s own original sound.
The first track, ‘Tracer’, shoots off the EP on a complete high note. Featuring Ryan Rumchaks, of Knuckle Puck and Homesafe, Right On, Kidhave decided to deliver an energetic starter full of enjoyable guitar riffs and passionately conveyed lyrics. The entire ambiance of ‘Tracer’ allows the audience to begin a journey into the EP with the rest of the band, commencing right there with the first bout of emotion transferred directly through the song.
The tempo only quickens when it reaches the second track, and if your energy had not already peaked with ‘Tracer’, ‘Word Weight’ is sure to do the trick. I would particularly like to point out the beautiful piano arrangement in the background, and how wonderfully fitting to the track it. While appearing to contrast with the heavy guitar and drums at first, it manages to unify and solidify the entire song into one cohesive explosion of nothing but pop-punk goodness. It’s a sweet touch that makes this particular song stand out as a must-add to my playlist.
Things slow down with ‘Drawn Life’, but do not get boring by any means. This specific track has a definitive vibe that emulates This Wild Life, and serves as an equilibrated mid-point that brings both halves of the album together. Of course the inclusion of a more acoustic track completes the collection of the genre, and fits right in with the rest of the EP, as well as being equally as emotionally fuelled in terms of transmitting the feelings of this track to an actively listening audience.
The penultimate track leads the EP towards a closing note, taking advantage of the final song to begin with a relatively sullen tone, before building up to a faster tempo. ‘Blur’ could easily be a hybrid of Movements and Real Friends, but retains the original sound that Right, On Kid have certainly built up and trademarked as their own throughout the EP, a sound that I could attempt to describe as fuzzy pop-punk with a side serving of emo.
Speaking of such, the final track is by far, the one that will potentially appeal the most to a different audience of old school emo fans. ‘Cold Again’ returns to the high energy and fast pace of the first tracks, incorporating the use of prominent guitar riffs, angst filled vocals and lyrics that state “Light me up with kerosene, and burn a hole right through my chest.” An honourable mention goes out to the bridge of this song, where the guitar stands out as being a prominent (and personal favourite) part of this section. The use of background instrument tracks in this whole EP has stood out as one of the most pleasant aspects of listening to When Words Are Enough.
I must commend the fact that no song appeared to sound like any other in the EP, and that each track has the ability to tell its own individual story with no repetition. I highly enjoyed the journey that I was taken on, and recommend When Words Are Enough to every pop-punk fan, old school emo fan and lover of alternative music who is looking for something that merges the best of these genres while concurrently creating something brand new.