My five-year-old daughter is obsessed with the movie “Pitch Perfect”. I did not think I would be a failure as a father quite this early. Anyway, being the push over that I am, I have downloaded the soundtrack and purchased the movie for her so she can sing and dance along. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t watched it with her a few times. I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t wake up on more than one occasion with a song from the soundtrack playing in my head! Like most good pop songs, the songs on the soundtrack of the movie stick in your head and WILL NOT go away.
Some pop bands try to toughen up their sound by crossing over into punk or metal genres, hoping they can maintain that effect. Shouting Signals might be trying to do just that on their debut EP, “Stand Your Ground”, released though all digital sources on April 1, 2013.
Shouting Signals describe themselves as post-hardcore, which might be a bit of a stretch. To me they sound more like a male fronted version of Paramore. The five songs on “Stand Your Ground” are all up tempo, harmony laden, 3:30 minute pieces of sugary sweet pop metal akin to Skittles. The musicianship is tight and the production keeps the music just heavy enough to keep you around, waiting to see if they are going to take it to that next level.
They have their moments; tracks ‘Never Run Away’ and ‘The Penitence’ start out with great riffs, but it are mellowed by the start of the verse. ‘One Forty’ does the same thing, and even has a bit of a break down, but never takes off. All the tracks have the potential to really rock, but they just do not get there. The vocals of singer Bertie Scott are partly to blame. Sections of the songs that you would expect him to step up and wail on, he instead falsettos, making the energy built up to that point go limp.
Shouting Signals have not put out the next great metal E.P. in “Stand Your Ground”. But then again, maybe that wasn’t what they were going for. They could be trying to secure their spot as the next band to have their own Disney Channel sitcom. Five tattooed pop metal kids might just be the edge they are looking for.