ARTIST: MILESTONES

TITLE: RED LIGHTS 

LABEL: FEARLESS RECORDS 

RATING: 7/10 

Milestones are a four piece pop punk coming out of Manchester in 2014. Milestones have graced the stage with bands such as: Mayday Parade, Simple Plan, Trash Boat and Roam. Red Lights is there debut full length album and it’s safe to say we aren’t disappointed. Moving forward to 2018 Milestones now have their full album ready to release and this really is one that is going off with a bang. From our first listens this is a young band really evolving into something special.

“We got a taste of just what this album is about from the get go…regretful young love…”

The Opener ‘BitterSweetHeart’ sets the album up for a really catchy introduction, it really brings into light what Matt (vocalist) said that “the album is the same band with a similar sound growing into something much more catchy and marketable”, with this song you really hear this. Often finding ourselves humming along to “I cross my heart and I hope to die, your pretty eyes made a good disguise”. We got a taste of just what this album is about from the get go…regretful young love.

Continuing on from there the album seamlessly slides into “Once Upon a Time” once again really distinct catchy riffs, in this song the purity of Matt’s voice really stands out, one moment it sooths you relaxing you, then within the space of 10 seconds you have goose bumps and your head moves from side to side with the music. Throughout the middle the tempo drops and cools down, however “Liar” totally changed the game for us. During this song is where rhythm guitarist Drew absolutely slays the guitar solo, speaking to  Mark the bassist of milestones about that solo “he loves a good solo Drew”, hopefully meaning there is many more of these to come.

The album comes to a dramatic close with “Forever or Never finishing the album with catchy choruses and riffs that makes your head bob up and down as you listen. You can really feel this is a one shot thing for Milestones, they have everything invested into this album and this is something they want to be heard for a long time.

Our one critique is that I would like to see a few extra slower songs, throughout “Against The World” and “Counting Cars” you truly feel the grit in Matt’s extensive vocal range with leaves us purring for more. However that’s a pretty decent critic to get right?

“We truly believe Milestones debut album will be remembered as one of the most exciting releases in the underworld of new British pop punk.”

We truly believe Milestones debut album will be remembered as one of the most exciting releases in the underworld of new British pop punk. With catchy riffs and chorus’s that made us want to sing along, this album presents every bit of potential they have and with this album on their journey to becoming one of the UK’s best talents is well on its way. Equal measures was written by four fifteen to 17 year olds still growing as musicians and people. This album presents how they’ve matured and how they’re sound will continue to grow.

Overall think this is an outstanding debut album, breaking through the doors of the alternative music scene and they’re definitely here to stay.

WORDS: ANDREW HANLON

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