Count Your Lucky Stars has played a large role in the indie-emo revival of recent times. Between introducing the world to newcomers like Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers and Foxing, to putting out new material from established players like Mineral’s Chris Simpson (under the guise Zookeeper) and the reformed Kind of Like Spitting, the future of emo is in capable hands.
Long Knives, one of the label’s newest acts, carries the torch for the indie-pop sound made popular by The Get Up Kids and The Promise Ring. This Is Your Life, the band’s debut EP, shines brightly and confidently through its four songs. From the opening progression of “Bones” to the heartfelt lyrics of “Bastante,” Long Knives establish themselves as an act with a lot of potential in just under fifteen minutes.
Vocalist Kris Moya has a nasally quality to her voice, which may invite comparisons to Chumped’s Anika Pyle (let’s be honest though, that’s not the worst thing). The band plays with their influences on their sleeves, culling sounds from all the great midwestern pop acts that wanted to sound like Superchunk but wound up creating an emo movement. Calling the band’s style “indie-pop-emo-revival” is kind of silly, but that’s only because calling it “post-college rock” sounds too pretentious.
This Is Your Life doesn’t breathe a whole new life into genre, but it does inject just youthful energy to keep it interesting and be worth your time.
3.5 / 5 – Listen to This Is Your Life below.
RIYL: Chumped, The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring