Almost Famous Friends
I’m Not Who I Want To Be
(Lost Purpose Productions)
Almost Famous Friends are the best thing to come out of Texas since Willie Nelson’s picnic. Throwing back to mid ’00s pop punk/emo, the band work overtime in proving themselves to fans nostalgic for the good old days, and the hard to please fans of the Emo Revival.
The eight track epic, I’m Not Who I Want To Be, starts off with “All I Can Do”,a melodic masterpiece that sets the tone for the rest of the record, as the songs get progressively darker and more intricate (“Better Off.”, “Without You”, “Speechless”). The second track, “What I Lost” is a pop punk rager, and along with “Say It Twice” make up the bright spots in the album. There’s female accompaniment on “Keep Myself”, bringing a layer of softness that the album was lacking previously. The closer, “Passing Days”, brings the melancholy march to halt, a march that proves that Almost Famous Friends are going to be more than almost famous.
There’s a lot of bands in Texas, even without SXSW, but this is the one to look out for– especially if you liked Hawthorne Heights and Silverstein back in the day and want to listen to a more mature, updated version of that angst. (Amber Bettis)