Release Date: September 21, 2018
Vancouver natives Living With Lions dropped their fifth studio album Island on the 21st of September after an almost 5-year break from their last album. With high hopes on the horizon, new and old fans alike were excited to check it out and after a suggestion from a fellow Canadian Beats member, I decided to check them out myself.
Starting off strong with “All The Same” following into “Second Narrows” had me hooked from the start. The fast-paced punk vibes mixed with the stellar vocals are a great way to hook a new listener in, just as it did for me. “Tidal Wave” however caught me by surprise as I’ve heard it before on a pop-punk playlist on Spotify, which leads to my understanding that I’ve heard these guys before, just didn’t put the band to the song.
“The Remedy” is a little slower than the previous tracks but it focuses more on the lyrics. The line “you would’ve been good for me/but I can’t see the good in things” is such a simple and powerful lyric that caught me off guard of how much sense it made. The one thing I love about the pop-punk genre is that the lyrics are almost always relatable.
The interlude in the middle of the album was a breath of fresh air. Not many bands do anything like that anymore, so it was nice to hear it. Plus, leading into “Plastic Flowers” was a good touch. Easily one of the best songs on the album, “Plastic Flowers” has a good musical tone and excellent lyrics.
I have to give a quick shout out to the title track “Island” which is the closing song on the album. An almost 6-minute long epic, the band closed off the album with a melodic mix of beautiful music that certainly didn’t feel like it was almost 6 minutes long. That’s the joy of real music, you don’t realize the length of a track if you enjoy it and that was the case with this track.
For a first time (or so I thought) listener of Living With Lions, I’m very glad my friend suggested them for me to review. I love the pop-punk genre as a whole, and Canada is killing it this year with huge release after huge release and Living With Lions have added to that list. After a long break, they’re proving, they still have what it takes when it comes to making albums and this is just another addition in their already impressive album lineup.
Hey! I’m Carson and I like music and animals. Not only do I have a wide variety of music I enjoy but I also have a wide variety of animals. My style can go from your Top 40 songs right into songs that literally no one has ever heard of in a heartbeat and I’m okay with that. You can find me on the Internet enjoying memes and playing way too many video games for a ‘grown-up’.