Album Review: A New Violet – The Heat is Getting Hotter

3.5/5

Orlando natives A New Violet come into the release of The Heat is Getting Hotter with just one single in the books. But this isn’t a mark of an untenured act, rather a new beginning for leading lady Beth Vandal. The former vocalist for That I Am and Summer Day Rescue has cut her teeth on multiple projects in the local scene, prior to the inception of A New Violet.

It’s fair to say that cultured musical background ebbs through on The Heat is Getting Hotter. There are unmistakeable nods to some of the ’90’s godfathers of melodic punk, from NOFX to Goldfinger. There’s also a deeper alternative rock hue on the new EP. Punctuating the punchy guitars and vibrant hooks are frank and un-messy lyricism.

The subject matter is pretty much what you’d expect from a pop punk band. Odes to failed relationships, break-ups with friends and anti-authority anthems all adorn The Heat is Getting Hotter.

Lead single “Runaway” showcases a broad stroke of punk intuition. The track, released last year upon the band’s signing to Manic Kat Records, marries fist-pumping energy with a quick fire and cohesive instrumental unit, adding both depth and brevity to the opener.

Nostalgia trip “Let Go” is a sunny and moreish anthem from the pop-rock 101 rule book. The track breathes an air of life into the collection and offers a stark juxtaposition from the gritty and discontent “Over Again,” which feels guided by the likes of Millencollin and Bad Religion.

A New Violet perhaps lean a little too heavily into cliché on “Conformity” and “The End.” Both fail to stand out from the pack with stories that have been told many times before. Conversely, “This Is My Life” uplifts and expounds a genuine breath of fresh air, both sonically and lyrically.

A New Violet’s first work is a little unrefined, in some places by design, in other places not. But the six tracks are engaging, gripping, and bring you back around without needing to ask twice. The Heat is Getting Hotter can be viewed as a positive step into the scene for the Sunshine State crew.

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