TITLE: TIMELESS YOUTH
LABEL: SHARPTONE RECORDS
WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT
In the world of pop-punk, most people flock to the popular artists. Classic bands like Blink-182, New Found Glory, and Fall Out Boy overshadow the younger bands who are trying their hardest to stand out against the competition. That’s what Telltale are trying to do. The Virginia based quartet have been working hard on their craft since forming two years ago. Fueled by their love for Saves The Day and containing such raw energy that it could power a small city, Telltale are here to show that they’re no longer fucking around and want to be heard.
On their latest EP ‘Timeless Youth’, their first one with SharpTone Records, the band pull out no gimmicks, instead giving us the kind of pop-punk that Knuckle Puck and Neck Deep have been doing since the early 2010s. Throughout the seven tracks, Telltale tell us why we should, as Set It Off once put it, always be “forever stuck in our youth.”
“the band pull out no gimmicks, instead giving us the kind of pop-punk that Knuckle Puck and Neck Deep have been doing since the early 2010s”
The title track kicks off the album in a powerful way, cranking the energy up to 11 as the band go all out while vocalist John Carter tells us to stay young. In it he says, “They tried to take, take, take our timeless youth away / The tried to break, break, break us down and cast the blame / But they could never make our colors fade / No way to wash away our saving grace / They’ll never take, take, take our timeless youth away.” The “they” that Carter sings about is actually society, telling us that since you’re an adult now that you should act like one. It’s a rebellion against maturity without sounding too Simple Plan-ish.
“Bouquet” feels like a B-side from Broadside’s Paradise, almost sounding like “Hidden Colors” (listen to that track first and then “Bouquet” and you’ll understand.) It’s a lovely little track that contains so many weather analogies and similes (i.e. “So bring on the April showers” and “Some days are grayscale and others are in pantone / Some days are a stormcloud and others are a rainbow.)
The next track “What We Live For” is your generic “I hate this town” song but with a twist. It has this IDGAF attitude sprinkled throughout the nearly three minute track. The twist, however, is that the band do actually miss their hometown of Richmond. “Letting Go” is just another song about an ex-girlfriend, being cliché as all hell while still being catchy.
“‘Timeless Youth’ is one incredible journey from start to end’“
If “Letting Go” got you down, then “Dazy” will put a smile back on your face. It’s a party anthem that will get you dancing all night. Look at what Carter sings, “So get up and get out, yeah, get faded / Spend your Saturday nights feeling jaded / Never make the time for stress and never make amends / So get up and go out out with your fake friends / Spend your Saturday nights with the bar bands / Never have to call home, play the victim, just an open hand.” That right there will get you going all night long.
“Rose” is a Story So Far-esque track that feels lackluster compared to the other songs on the album. It’s catchy and all, but not the strongest song off of Timeless Youth. Finally, we end on a shockingly sad note with “Hereditary,” a song that feels so out of place but is too beautiful to complain about. The slow, somber track is a real tearjerker, having Carter scream his heart out about mental health and depression. Lyrics like “it would be great if we could stop romanticizing depression” hit home hard. “Hereditary” comes out of left field with no warning, and it’s quite honestly one of the best songs of the year.
Overall, ‘Timeless Youth’ is one incredible journey from start to end. And for being such a young band, Telltale have cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with.