As of Friday my contract job turned into a game of purgatory…Not hired, not fired…We’ll see how that pans out. So as I sit here trying not to leave the confines of these four walls so I don’t spend money I don’t have, I listen to Forever Came Calling’s Contender.
On my first day of unemployment FCC is calming my nerves by building up my adrenaline with wild and rapid songs like “If Bukowski Could See Me Now” and “For The Wolves.” When I checked this band out live opening for Las Vegas’ Last Call, I was on the fence about their sound. They weren’t bad, just weren’t for me. The seemed a bit too far on the punk side of the “pop punk” label, but Contender has made me rethink my primary decision about them.
“Front Porch Sunrise” has a strong opening that leads you to a string of lyrics delivered through hostility. Then “Dead Poets Honor” says “fall asleep on the streets of the cities you love” …I don’t want to be homeless, but I like the sentiment. However, if you’re looking for the track to sink your teeth into…Look nowhere else but “I’ll Be Better I Promise.” If Contender were porn, this song would be the money shot. It’s got that duo dynamic you’ll find in bands like Man Overboard, where one side is sensitive and the other gives it to you hard. Wait…we still on the porn thing?
Forever Came Calling’s Contender is out now and if you’re into bands like State Champs and The American Scene, then this album is just another one to add to your palette. And if you’re one of those people who need to see the music live before you but the album…Check them out now on the road with With The Punches, or Yucaipa, CA with Last Call August 17th. Hell, I might go…I don’t have a jump tying me down…