ARTIST: OUT OF LOVE

TITLE: I AM NOT ME

LABEL: VENN RECORDS

RATING: 6.5/10

WORDS: HOLLY HAMMOND

The London born and bred band’s debut album is safe but appealing to a widespread variety of fans of punk-rock. As a first EP, Out Of Love certainly delivered on the loud, angsty and energetic sound of punk rock, cementing themselves as a must listen band for fans of the style. I Am Not Me overall gives vibes of classic punk-rock and 2000s anthems whilst Out Of Love add their own fresh spin on the genre. It is perhaps not the most ambitious EP overall, but in this instance, it works well to deliver something that can easily find an audience. 

Moving on to “I Am Not Me” which is perhaps more ambitious as the band seems to play around with their own styles. This produces a song which sways between obscure and simplistic at times

The opening track, “S.L.U.M.P” is reminiscent of various eras of the punk and rock anthems to produce a loud and enjoyable song where the band also establishes their own spin. The track is sure to appeal to lovers of the classic punk-rock genre whilst producing a song which is hard to dislike. Moving on to “I Am Not Me” which is perhaps more ambitious as the band seems to play around with their own styles. This produces a song which sways between obscure and simplistic at times. However, given the band’s blaring and lively punk-rock sound, this works quite effectively.

“All Grown Up” is certainly the pinnacle of nostalgia on the EP. It is comparable to the 2000s ‘emo’ sound, but it is quite refreshing and enjoyable for that reason. The shortest song on the EP perhaps does not work in the band’s advantage as “All Grown Up” isn’t really able to establish itself properly as it is over just as it’s getting going.

We love this song, we just wish there was more of it! I Am Not Me concludes with “My Perfect World” which the band describes as ‘a song about self-expression, community, friendship and love.’ This is again like the 2000s emo sound intertwined with punk-rock influences such as that of Sum 41 and Fountains of Wayne. We agree with the band as the album certainly finishes on a high note with an upbeat and uplifting sound.

I Am Not Me features short but enjoyable punk rock tracks, none of which surpass the 3-minute mark. However, the band’s passion and pride in their work comes through in their EP. We can’t wait to see what is next for Out of Love.

I Am Not Me is available on Venn Records!

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