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Interestingly, I have always liked the melodic-punk band, Polar Bear Club, but for some reason I never really listened to them much. This, however, is about to change with their latest -- and their best album to date -- Clash Battle Guilt Pride. This album has all the style and lyricism that I felt was missing from previous efforts.
"Pawner", one of my favorite tracks on Clash Battle Guilt Pride, starts the album off down-tempo, but slowly builds in aggression as Jimmy Stadt's gravelly voice sounds over the pop-punk melodies. Even better is how this song perfectly leads into the next song full of gang-vocals and big hooks, "Killin' It". This album also has some really catchy gems such as "Bottled Wind" and "Religion on the Radio", while you'll also find rock anthems such as "Screams in Caves" that one would expect from Polar Bear Club.
The guitar-work from Chris Browne and Nate Morris are great as usual, but honestly, Stadt's vocals are the best they've ever been. Further, the lyrics felt so genuine and honest as Stadt shares the struggles in his life. The best example of this is the dark, heart-wrenching closer (and best song on the album) "3-4 Tango". This song is an excellent closer to a very enjoyable album.
I'm not sure why I passed over the previous albums by this Rochester, NY quintet, but Clash Battle Guilt Pride is one of the most genuine albums of the year, and a great addition to my library of great melodic-punk albums. Definitely have a listen, and let me know what you think.
You can buy Clash Battle Guilt Pride on iTunes and Amazon.