Starting out with an 80’s like riff driven track, I thought I was in for some a hair metal ride. Then I found myself amidst a bipolar world of sound. At times I was in 2001 listening to Sum 41 and then one second later it turned into a Set Your Goals experience. The songs not only changed their tone from one track to the next, but the songs themselves were ever changing. “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake” and “37 Chambers” both showcased pissed off verses matched with poptastic choruses.
The change of flair throughout kept it interesting, but that left me asking, who is So Many Ways? I can only guess a group of dudes from Chicago who took their inspiration from almost every walk of rock life. In the end, literally the end of the album, I found myself warming up to “Oak Island” and “Dirtfoot” for what other reason than they were a healthy fusion of pop punk with a itty bitty sprinkle of hardcore in them to make them stick out and wrap up So Many Ways nicely.
So if you’re the kind of person that when asked, “What kind of music do you like?” and you come up with the, “Oh you know…a little of this and a little of that,” then So Many Ways is right up your alley. And if you’re in their hometown of Chicago on September 17th, check them out with Madina Lake at Metro.
Reviewed by Kendra Beltran
Originally published on Sept 15, 2011