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ROLE MODELS – ‘Forest Lawn’ Review

ROLE MODELS – Forest Lawn

role-modelsIn the year 2016, punk rock comes in many shapes and sizes. From the fast and furious to the post-punk goth-infused to the power-pop-punk efforts of which Role Models can be categorized under (albeit, we tend to see punk as a state of mind here at punk online as opposed to a style of music.)

Forest Lawn opens with a song that reminds me of Elvis Costello’s Radio Radio and, as it’s titled Radio, I may have been suckered in by the polished, well played, well delivered track. (I broke my back) Disappointing You employs some Gaslight Anthem/The Plimsolls pop-punk treatment with some very nice guitar work indeed. Got no Time has a Tom Petty goes punk vibe sorta channeling Johnny Thunders.

Bullshit Corner begins with a slowed down and stripped back guitar and vocal and nicely builds to just over four minutes of pure perfection – it reminds me very much of Airborne Toxic Event with clever lyrics and hooks a plenty (I’m also a sucker for the saxophone solo!)

Wanted to be Wanted speeds things up again with a melodic guitar intro leading into a great pop song. It’s followed by Goodbye and Hooray, a song that is just a little bit heavier with a chorus that employs some good backing vocals to make the point.

Half way through the album and it’s clear that you’re listening to some master craftsmen here – the songwriting is strong and the entire set is well played and well produced. The comparisons to The Plimsolls are apparent throughout and the album explores that crossover territory of punk, pop and Americana.

There is a nice pace and urgency to most of the songs and each tells a story. The Lights On Your Road stands out as three minutes of country style rock whilst I Ain’t Lucky is 87 seconds of punk rock demonstrating that the band has a variety of tools in the bag.

Guest List closes the album with a super melodic riff and builds to sing-along chorus that lures you in in a foot tapping, head nodding fashion – it’s my favourite track of the twelve as it shows the bands super musicianship and song writing ability in a three minute + package.

If you like your music well played by a band who have clearly paid their dues, get yourself a copy of Forest Lawn by Role Models here : http://glunkrecords.bigcartel.com/


Track Listing

  1. Radio
  2. (I Broke My Back) Disappointing You
  3. Got No Time
  4. Bullshit Corner
  5. Wanted to be Wanted
  6. Goodbye and Hooray
  7. The Ditch
  8. Sleep Tight
  9. The Lights on Your Road
  10. I Ain’t Lucky
  11. No Shame
  12. Guest List