In a pop-punk story of personal growth and relationships, Chicago band High Wire is making a name for itself with its latest EP, “Different Places.” Each of the six songs is typical of the genre, full of heavy instrumentals, poppy melodies, and distinctive vocals.
In terms of color and sound, EP is all oranges and reds and browns, the palette of autumn (you know the one). “Something In The Way” especially is the best orange, the color of leaves right before they fall. The EP is classic pop-punk, coming straight out of the early 2000s; the sound is much like that of producer Seth Henderson’s other credits (Sleep On It, Real Friends).
Although it’s comparable to any other pop-punk band, that’s not to say that “Different Places” isn’t good music. Yes, it tends to blend together, but melodies are catchy and poppy and the music is polished. There’s plenty of guitar and bass, although the EP could use a little more volume from the percussion. Vocals sound like they’re sung from the front of the mouth; they’re not nasally in this instance, but definitely distinctive of pop-punk.
“Nothing Left to Lose” is frantic, heart-racingly fast. Placed in the middle of the album, it keeps the energy up and keeps songs from running together and is arguably one of the best songs on the album because of it.
Yes, High Wire’s “Different Places” is typical of the pop-punk genre, but it’s good pop-punk. While there’s not necessarily anything new about the sound, it’s definitely tried-and-true, so if you’re into classic pop-punk and want to be taken back to the 2000s, check out High Wire’s “Different Places.”