Tonight Alive – What Are You So Scared Of?

Tonight Alive, a pop-punk outfit from Sydney, have released their debut album What Are You So Scared Of? following up two EP’s they brought out in 2010. It was produced by Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Gyroscope) and recorded in Los Angeles over two months, and compared to their earlier work the extra production is definitely noticeable. What Are You So Scared Of? has a much more polished sound although at times it feels slightly overproduced, particularly in the re-released versions of “Thank You & Goodnight” (some very Blink 182-esque back up vocals) and “To Die For” (the original of which is just that.) The band has taken a step to the heavier side from their previous releases with powerful guitar riffs opening plenty of different songs.  The album kicks off with the first single and one of the better songs off the album, “Breaking & Entering”, after a nice intro track, followed immediately by the second single “Starlight”. It may take more than a few listens before the songs stop blending together through the middle of the album but they’re worth distinguishing. The softer “Safe and Sound” and “Let it Land”, the third single, especially stand out. The album finishes off with probably the best two songs in the list: a rerecorded version of the opening track from their All Shapes And Disguises EP, “To Die For”, and the title song of the album. Both songs epitomise what’s good about Tonight Alive, with great choruses and simple, upbeat music. What Are You So Scared Of? The answer: Tonight Alive becoming just another female led punk group to fall into the Paramore category. This band has a lot to offer in its own right. Even though What Are You So Scared Of? isn’t groundbreaking music and lyrically it doesn’t go much deeper than generic pop subject matter, it’s very catchy and enjoyable. They have all the tools needed to become very popular in Australia and internationally. And live, Tonight Alive put on a really great, energetic show and are still stupidly cheap. They’re heading to America for the emo-hardcore Fearless Friends Tour and then they are back going around Australia for the Soundwave festivals in March and are sure to be doing some more great value solo shows then too. Tonight Alive’s debut is simply a fun album. Though it might not blow you away, it’s certainly one you’ll find yourself singing along to and getting stuck in your head.by Arran Bouten 

November 1st 2011
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