August Premier

Fireworks and Alcohol

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August Premier's debut album shows them doing what every other Midwest pop-punk band has done: sound a lot like their West Coast counterparts. Whether it's the harmonies, the "woaahhh!"s, or the bubbly guitar parts with the oodles of hooks -- it's all there on Fireworks and Alcohol. Unfortunately, that means little originality or excitement for those not interested in the pop-punk genre. Most people could do just as well listening to blink-182 or the Alkaline Trio, since that seems to be where the band is drawing a lot of its influence (especially with the latter). Thankfully, all the members seem talented and capable at handling their respective instruments, so it's just the overindulgence in pop-punk and the lack of creativity that will inevitably drive the listener to boredom.

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