Eat Your Heart Out – Florescence
Released: 17th May 2019
Caitlin Henry // vocals
Andrew Anderson // guitar
Will Moore // guitar
Dom Cant // bass
Jake Cronin // drums
Newcastle pop-punk outfit Eat Your Heart Out unleash their long-awaited debut album Florescence, and it’s a massive step up from their EP’s. You might have seen these guys on the touring circuit lately, having just played with Sum 41 and The Story So Far here at home and then on a US tour with Real Friends. So I guess now’s the time to see what this band can do with a full album release.
Their first single ‘Carousel’ is a nice introduction to the band’s grungey take on their alternative/punk sound, while ‘Spinning’ begins to see them lighten up and transcend into the pop-punk arena. This song is so easy to get stuck in your head, what with the lyrics “You’ve got me spinning”, proving vocalist Caitlin Henry has a knack for writing catchy hooks and lyrics.
‘Daydream’ is catchy as fuck, very reminiscent of the early Paramore days (but in my opinion, ten times better!), while ‘Heavy With Envy’ ups the tempo into a fast punk track. This song is silhouetted with darkish tones throughout, finishing with an almost breakdown, but it’s still light-hearted enough to bop to. ‘Constellations’ sees the band at its rawest on the album, due to the grunge-style, punchy guitars driving the entire song’s direction.
This next one is possibly my favourite song off Florescence… ‘Closer to the Sun’ sees Caitlin shine throughout this one, the lyrics are so direct and in-your-face. This song’s a surefire anthem, and it’s officially going on my top favourite songs of the year for sure.
‘Blinded’ is another close favourite of mine, the drumming here is a standout and to be honest, this second half of the album is consistently on-point. ‘Same Stars’ provides some reflective but nostalgic emotions. The guitar riffs here lead the catchiness of the tune, and again it rounds out my top favourites. ‘Nowhere’ kind of feels like a continuation of ‘Carousel’ and ‘Spinning’, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s released as a single. This one oozes pop-punk riffs, in-your-face lyrics and feels very empowering.
Eat Your Heart Out’s debut album is definitely one that flourishes over time. Although it’s a grower, each time I went back to listen, I discovered I enjoyed the songs more and more. Acoustic driven ‘Pear Tree’ sees the band stripped back bare to just Caitlin and a guitar, before finishing up the album with an upbeat track titled ‘Cold Hands’. Not as fast-paced as much of the rest of the record, this one feels like an uplifting, reflective song to round off their debut.
Florescence has given me a newfound appreciation for this young Newcastle band. Eat Your Heart Out provide a fresh take on pop-punk, and this album proves they’ve got enough edge to stand on their own. Easily relatable lyrics and catchy riffs will be two reasons to catch onto these guys and make them a staple on your playlist. I’m so keen to see what else Eat Your Heart Out have up their sleeves now because Florescence is an impressive collection of tunes that needs to be heard.
Eat Your Heart Out – Florescence tracklisting:
- Heavy with Envy
- Closer to the Sun
- Same Stars
- Pear Tree
- Cold Hands