Incorporating The Music Fix
17th May 2012 12:00:00
Posted by†Shaz Simone

Summerlin - You Canít Burn Out If Youíre Not On Fire

If, like me, youíre a classic pop-punk veteran, Yorkshire quartet Summerlin will seduce you into sharing that piece of your heart you vowed to no-one other than New Found Glory. Or maybe it was The Starting Line or Home Grown that made you melt and secretly still do. Either way, classic pop- punk has been given the kiss of life, and if anytime is good to put your polygamist skills to the test, itís now.

You Canít Burn Out If Youíre Not On Fire is ten tracks of soaring choruses, bounding hooks, angst, and pop-punk additives. At times itís easy to mistake this album for something you heard seven, maybe even eleven years ago, but this debutís subtle hard edge slaps you out those reminiscent daydreams, locking your attention and making your ears dance like audio controlled puppets. The title track has a fierce charge and hugely anthemic choruses, combining the punk stylings of The Offspring and the fresher sing-along pop sounds of Paramore. Tracks such as opener ĎLet it Goí and ĎSink or Swimí deal with subjects of change, alienation, and sacrifice in an uplifting, bouncy manner, whilst Drew Lawsonís vocals during ĎUnited Dividedí learn the way of the gruff, akin to Letliveís Jason Aalon Butler. Ultimately, this is a strong debut from a band that will slay their way to the forefront of pop-punk.