The new era of pop punk is upon us, and it’s kicking down the door. Pop punk trio Meet Me @ The Altar are coming in hot with their new EP Model Citizen, and it’s a breath of fresh air for fans of the genre, while still maintaining a familiar sound from years prior. For Meet Me @ The Altar’s fans, you all are in for a real treat.

Their first single, “Feel A Thing,” is a great opening track for Model Citizen, almost as if they are announcing their presence from their recent signing to Fueled By Ramen. Each of the tracks are punchy, with solid guitar chugs, heavy bass, and drums that just don’t stop, lining each song to keep you on your feet.

There isn’t a bad track on the record, maintaining the classic, pop-punk formula that many people have grown to love, being lost in recent years with the fusing of emo and pop punk. This is the type of EP you can put on while driving in the summer heat, becoming a soundtrack to your life. And trust me, these songs will be stuck in your head thanks to the catchy choruses.

In comparison to their earlier releases, Model Citizen is much more polished while maintaining that edge that made them grow their fan base from their YouTube days. These songs definitely seem like great songs to listen to and experience live.

This six-song EP is very reminiscent of the easycore days of pop punk, comparable to bands like Four Year Strong, and Chunk! No Captain Chunk, mixed with mid-2000’s bands such as The Academy Is…, and Cute Is What We Aim For, serving as a love letter to those times. And seeing as they utilized synth on this release, it definitely helps their sound and makes it better.

Seeing as they were signed to Fueled By Ramen, it seems as if their trajectory is only going to go upwards, both from the help of the label and their own, raw talent. They are very much a Fueled By Ramen band, harnessing the bright sound that many of the bands on the label have while keeping true to themselves. I look forward to seeing all of the success that they are bound to get, especially if bands like Fall Out Boy and Paramore are anything to base that off of.

Catch them on tour this fall with Coheed & Cambria and The Used, and be sure to check out Model Citizen being released on August 13.

You can check it out here.


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