Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Record label: No Sleep Records
When Eric Trask left New Jersey pop-punkers Major League, I got even more interested in how There's Nothing Wrong With Me would shape up. I loved their 2012 debut LP in Hard Feelings and a lot of this was credited to the raw energy of Trask on the mic. It's a pleasure to report however that as the band switches gears with backup vocalist/guitarist Brian Joyce taking the reins, there isn't much fizz lost.
Major League have returned with a new album and a shift in sound. But how does it stand up to 'Hard Feelings'? Since ’12 effort ‘Hard Feelings’, Major League have undergone a change in personnel, and their return reminds us that pop-punk isn’t all flowers and sunshine. The first release from the band with guitarist Brian Joyce on vocal duties after the departure of Nick Trask is one of unrest, unhappiness and an overall sense of recovery.
Major League’s second record is another blast of pop-punk-inspired rock music. Things have changed a bit over time for the band, as guitarist Brian Joyce has taken over vocal duties, but the follow-up to Hard Feelings finds these guys focusing their energy rather than reinventing it. There’s an inherent and alluring drama to the blasting guitars and crashing drums of “Wallflower” or “Graves” or “Recovery”, while other songs like “Kaleidoscopes” and “Devil’s Advocate” speed forward with a bright propulsion.