John Carter – Vocals
Bryce Marshall – Guitar
Tim Fogg – Bass
Travis Slack – Drums
1. Timeless Youth
3. What We Live For
4. Letting Go
This is a band who describe themselves on their web page as being: ‘Like a John Hughes movie or a thrift store cardigan sweater,’ and I do enjoy a good old John Hughes flick like The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but what I don’t always enjoy is Pop Punk.
Having grown up in the era of bands like Sum 41 and Blink 182, I can recall finding the Pop Punk sound a little catchy but lacking in energy to suit my angry-young-man persona, therefore old school and underground Punk Rock took over my musical palate. However, it would be unfair to say that Pop Punk did not play a role in my musical taste so it’s why I am being as sympathetic as possible to Virginia band Telltale and their new release: Timeless Youth.
Overall, I will give it credit for creating that summery vibe that most bands of their ilk are capable of doing, as this kind of angsty Alternative Rock is normally best enjoyed on a warm spring afternoon when you’re trying not to think about typical teenage anxieties like school or relationships. Nostalgia is another dominant theme on this record which did work in making me reminisce of my school days.
Having walked away from this scene a long time ago, I will say it’s nice to know that new blood is being pumped into the Pop Punk world and the sound has not changed, so Telltale do know what they are doing.
However, I will admit that I have found these guys forgettable as none of the seven songs on this record really stuck in my head, so I can never see Telltale anywhere in the same realms as groups like The Ataris or The Gaslight Anthem – they still need to find themselves, which I do believe is possible.
What we have here is a nice Pop Punk album that would be great for any kid who is getting into the scene and is expanding their taste beyond the biggest names in the world of Indie and Alternative Rock, but for those of us who’ve been around since the genre took off, it might not be the most memorable of releases, but I wish Telltale all the best for the future.
Review by Demitri Levantis