Remember Cherri Bomb? The band that emerged a decade ago opening for bands like Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins? You bet. But you’re going to want to get to know Hey Violet even more. The debut full-length album, From The Outside, released under famed-Australian pop-punk/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer’s label Hi or Hey Records, feels like a test to see what the band can do with pop music. Since parting with their singer, the band has softened a bit but still, offer quite a few takes of edgy, sincere, fiery pop. Since both “Guys My Age,” “Fuqboi,” and especially the opener “Break My Heart” were released, the album immediately triggered my anticipation. So how much can Hey Violet do with pop exactly? Quite a bit, actually.
“Break My Heart” is an immediate sensation. The track sounds punk but features a few electronic takes similar to what Fall Out Boy released with “Mania” – except it works. “Guys My Age” is a radio-ready hit about sexual dissatisfaction and “Hoodie” is a love-at-first-listen wonder that is bound to gain mainstream traction. “Like Lovers Do” is a haunting distortion to what the rest of the album sounds like. Closing is the addictive, fast-paced, throwback punk tribute to the Ramones, “This Is Me Breaking Up With You.” Each song offers its own dab of sauce into the album. From The Outside might be one of the most interesting releases of 2017 whether you like it or not.