Enter in Halogens - one of The Hook's most recent featured locals, and add in their most recent EP, also Halogens.
What a great way to end your Tuesday off, am I right? Let's get started: Halogens self-titled EP is something you should be listening to already, but if you aren't, I'll be telling you all the reasons why you should most definitely get around to listening to it!
Released back in January (forgive us, we're catching up), Halogens - EP is a 5 track collection of diverse, eclectic and down right fun music. This is the pop punk you've been looking for. Of course, we're getting ahead of ourselves. The four piece pop punk outfit consists of Zach Henry (lead vocals and guitar), Charlie Throckmorton (guitar), Tim Wuestneck (bass and vocals), and George Saives (drums). A killer combo if you ask me.
Check out the tracklist below!
1. Kitchen Sink
2. Run Around
4. Olive Garden Pt. 2
5. Resolution Phase
The EP opens up with "Kitchen Sink," a super powerful pop-punk introduction into the album. Not to mention one of my favorite tracks, as well. It's jam packed with stellar instrumentals that focus on current trends in pop-punk - complex rhythmic structures, vocals that rely both on singing and screaming, and of course lyrics to completely decimate your soul.
I wouldn't say, though, that Halogens is doing any reckless decimation with this EP. In fact, all of these tracks are plain old fun and lyrically more up-lifting than most - while, of course, still operating and dealing with the ideas of being alone, sadness, and upholding standards.
(Emotional stuff, you'll like it, I swear it.)
Tracks to follow "Kitchen Sink," include the headrush powerhouse of "Run Around," an incredibly impressive and hard-hitting track that sits nicely in between the introduction of "Kitchen Sink," and the softer "Ayúdame!" The last track on the EP is "Resolution Phase," which is definitely the most quiet of the entire collection - a sincere resolution perhaps in the universe that the EP exists in - full of questions unanswered, of hunger, sadness, hope.
Of course, my other favorite track is "Olive Garden Pt. 2" - a song that I feel really cultivates all of the power, rhythm and really intelligent music making that Halogens has to offer. The 2:40 minute long track is the shortest on the EP, but uses incredible lyrics, vocals and instrumentals to create this superb culmination of music - and gosh, that wicked interlude before the two final sections - ok just listen to it.
Maybe I can sum it up like this: Halogens is really good, and their newest EP, Halogens is something you should add to your current playlist.
And, if you don't believe me - from "Olive Garden Pt. 2" all you need to know about Halogens, "Why can’t I shake this? / We’re just dying to relax."
As always, head over to their social media for more info!
Halogens is also headed on tour, and you can check those dates out below, it's gonna be rad so make a show!
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