Belmont – Reflections (EP Review)
Belmont – Reflections
Released: 13th March 2020
Taz Johnson // Vocals
Brian Lada // Drums
Sam Patt // Guitar/Backing Vocals
Alex Wieringa // Bass
Jason Inguagiato // Guitar
Deadset, every time US pop punk band Belmont have released a brand new song these last few months, I’ve been getting more and more mindblown. After listening to their latest EP, Reflections, I am now completely convinced that this band are well on their way to becoming a fore frontrunner in today’s alternative music community. The band’s first single, and leading track, ‘By My Side’ sees a fusion of different genres in ways we haven’t seen from Belmont before. From the bouncy electronic beats to the loud guitar riffs, this song pushes the band to an entirely new level musically.
Reflections also shines a light on the band’s insecurities and emotions, and they’ve done it in a wholesome, unique way. ‘Deadweight’ is a heartfelt, punchy track that pulls at your insecurities and transforms it into a soaring anthem for the hopeless youth of today. ‘Stay Up’ is the pop punk summer jam we have been longing for in our lives. While it’s eerily reminiscent to Set Your Goals, the hooks here are huge and catchy, complete with power riffs to keep you in tune.
‘Hideout’ showcases the band’s emotional lyrics in an intricate way. Beginning with a powerful combination of punk fuelled energy, the band slows it down during the verses to allow their insecurities and vulnerability to shine. Like the aforementioned ‘By My Side’, we once again see Belmont experimenting with a fair few variety of sounds here and fuck, they do this so well. I could definitely see this band move up the ranks and make themselves a name as huge as acts like Boston Manor and Trophy Eyes.
‘Move Along’ is your straight up pop punk track, on ode to their 2018 self-titled debut. It’s energetic and upbeat, everything I love about pop punk, and lyrically feeds off feelings of anxiety. Rounding off this short and powerful EP, ‘Back and Forth’ is a track full of bounce and catchy hooks and shows off the band’s array of vast musical abilities. If progressive pop punk was ever a thing, Belmont are fucking owning it here.
If you thought pop punk was getting stale, think again. Belmont have rejuvenated the genre with new energy through Reflections and you can tell the guys have pushed themselves hard on this. I couldn’t find any flaws with any track here, but I am fucking pumped for the band as they continue to push musical boundaries to new limits.
Belmont – Reflections EP tracklisting:
- By My Side
- Stay Up
- Move Along
- Back and Forth
Reflections is out now through Pure Noise Records. Purchase here
Review by Tamara May (@citylightstam)
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