(This is the third straight pop-punk review I’ve done so here goes nothing).
If there’s anything to be said about Massachusetts pop-punk outfit Ten Cents Short, it’s that they definitely have some serious potential. It was the single “Beggars” that has me hooked, but when I found myself listening to their EP Major Steps, Minor Setbacks I didn’t have that much to brag about. Don’t get me wrong, the album has some definitive hits on it; “Beggars” is clearly huge being that it was co-written with Four Year Strong’s Alan Day.
Opening with “Draw The Line,” Ten Cents Short makes a loud first impression in a quick yet equally aggressive song clocking in at just over two and a half minutes. “Higher Powers” is energetic and powerful, but also reminds me strictly of what it means to be generic. Through listening to much of the EP, I found myself thinking of YouTube comedian Jarrod Alonge and his fictitious band Sunrise Skater Kids that mocks pop-punk genericism. The melodies and song structures definitely work as they aren’t poorly written at all, but this formula has been done before.
Ten Cents Short – Major Steps, Minor Setbacks
Release: May 26, 2017 – Independent
Rating: 7/10 – Brad LaPlante
Replay Worthy: “Beggars”
Buy it, Stream it, or Skip it?: Stream it. See what you like. I ended up cherry-picking “Beggars.”
Listen to the EP, in full, here.