Windy City punks, Take The Reins have brought back that feel good, pop punk greatness we all know and love with their newest seven track album I’m At Your Door. This fantastic quintet kills the classic sound and do a kick ass job at making any kid who ever went through an “emo phase” have a blast to the past. Their positive approach to the music and their overall fun attitude, is perfectly blended with some slower and more sentimental tunes to break up all the excitement. This is the perfect album for either listening cover to cover or for the listener who wants to be able to shuffle the album still have it sound killer.
The album’s first two songs kick things off with a very lively and traditionally fast paced punk feel before backing off a little for the third track with a more moody atmosphere. “Last Stop Model” brings the tempo back up for a fun, bouncy riff that you can easily head bang to. Although not as slow this time, the album takes another turn towards softer side with “Dorothy” before launching into the title track “I’m At Your Door” where the jumping and thrashing can once again resume in full force! The album also features an awesome acoustic version of their song “South Side Rules” which was previously released in 2017 on their debut album, Addiction by Subtraction.
All in all, this album is very well written and just as expertly arranged. It showcases the band’s technical abilities and the front woman’s vocal talents in such a kickass, throwback way. I can’t wait to see what else they pull from their bag of riffs and melodies!
Amazing job, Take the Reins. Way to bring us all back to the “good old days”!
I’m At Your Door (Flat Aht Records) is available on all streaming platforms right now!