Album Review: Homesafe - 'One'
Chicago Pop Punk has flourished in the last decade, and Homesafe have certainly added their twist with their second album ‘One’. Growing up in the local pop-punk scene, the bands previous album ‘Evermore’ and two EP’s showed plenty of influence from their surroundings, but ‘One’ is a real step up for Homesafe who aren’t scared to show their views on the world outside of their comfort zone, and have most definitely found their voice.
‘Point Blank’ opens the album with a fiery bright, punchy punk tone, surely showing the bands old rock influences from the 90’s, blending it smoothly with the superb pop-punk sound you would recognise throughout Homesafe’s back catalogue. Track 2 ‘Run’ is absolutely no exception to this with its buoyant chorus and threadbare attitude.
‘Sadistic Society’ talks “only love” and screams “f**k hate”, “f**k racism.” Touring the world alongside pop-punk giants State Champs and Knuckle Puck, is proof that the band has formed a lot of views about what they’ve discovered, and that they’re not afraid to use the stage as a platform to share their views. Tyler Albertson (Vocals/Bass) says “As young adults finding our place in society, we’re looking for ways to cope with everything going on and looking for a sense of understanding.” “The world has changed so much in the past two years, more than any of us have ever seen.”
Beautifully balancing the album, ‘Sideways Sleeper’ starts to bring the album to a close with a wonderful slow ballad, noting that the guys really are not afraid to show how far they’ve come musically as group since their self-titled EP ‘Homesafe’ back in 2014, before finishing with aptly named ‘fin’, a calm piano piece that we really hope fans won’t be skipping before they give the record another spin.
Words by Ryan Johnson
Homesafe release ‘One’ on June 29th via Pure Noise Records