We witnessed the British quartet do their thing live when they supported pop-punkers Me Vs Hero in Paris a couple weeks ago. The tour is about to end in Germany, and Above The Underground are more than ready to launch their first full length,’Sonder’.
The 10-track debut starts off with the short Prologue fading into Return To Point Pleasant, which the band unveiled ahead of the album release and catches the listener’s attention right away, making them want to hear more. With more and more bands rising every day in the pop punk scene, one of the most common feelings while listening to a new release from one of these bands is “I’ve already heard this before and this is alright,but nothing new at all”,but ‘Sonder’ is everything but that.
While the album features some of the basic ingredients to make a pop punk album such as catchy choruses and gang vocals, Above The Underground bring their brutal honesty and their own sound along, and it truly makes a difference. Every track has that same “pop punk blended with pop rock” vibe,without sounding the same. I Was Never Lost and Not Home sounds like the perfect pop punk show anthem,with lyrics you can scream along to,while the closing song Reprise calls for heartfelt and honest singalongs.
Overall,’Sonder’ is a wave of fresh honesty and a very well executed debut by a very promising band.
‘Sonder’ is set for release on February 17th and available for preorder here.
Above The Underground : Debut full-length album ‘Sonder” out on 17.02.2014
Special Thanks to Lauren @ Inception Press