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HALF PAST TWO – ‘Camp Slushtone’ Review

HALF PAST TWO – Camp Slushtone

Half Past TwoCA-based ska/pop-punk band, Half Past Two, have just sent through their latest EP, Camp Slushtone. The seven tracker opens with Proximity and it is a full on start with fast-paced guitars, brass section, bass and drums creating a wall of sound before they descend into a bouncy ska-beat and melodic female vocal that will bring some inevitable comparisons to The Interrupters. However, Half Past Two display their own take on the genre and boy, this is a fun band with big choruses and excellent musicianship throughout!

On So Cal Summer the punk rock guitar chords are soon joined by the band with the horns prominent as a ska/reggae beat creates images of summer dance parties with the package completed by the “sunny” {ahem} vocals. The band just makes you feel good, happy and ready to strut your stuff!

Third up is Choosing Sides and finds the band introducing some chunky guitars before slowing things down to a relaxed reggae backing supporting plaintive vocals. This sets up a power chord chorus that works really well with the reggae segments. Smile Like You Mean It is a mid-paced ska boot-stomper that demands you dance along (and smile along too!)

On Bitter, Half Past Two deliver 82 seconds of pacey punk rock and it’s followed with At Least Be Decent with its Dropkick Murphys guitar sound, prominent brass section and heartfelt lyrics.

The EP concludes with Gone Tomorrow with the sound of a campfire, crickets and distant conversations soon overlaid with a fast strummed acoustic guitar and plaintive male lead vocals. It is a fitting end to seven solid tracks displaying a great variety around the ska/punk core. Great fun throughout and sure to put a spring in your step.

 

Check out Camp Slushtone by Half Past Two here: https://halfpasttwoska.bandcamp.com/album/camp-slushtone

 

 

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