Release Date: Jun 25, 2013
Record label: No Sleep Records
More betterness from Mixtapes! Around three years ago, Mixtapes must have stumbled across some kind of inexhaustible mine of pop-punk joy, because in returning with a third album in as many years, the Ohio four-piece have cemented their place among the most prolific bands in the business. Clocking in at just under 40 minutes, ‘Ordinary Silence’ is light on gimmicks but big on heart. Cloying acoustic track ‘gravel (interlude)’ notwithstanding, the soft patter of ‘C.C.S.’ and the contagious boy-girl vocal trade-off on ‘Ross (dirty water)’ will soundtrack countless summer nights and prove beyond all doubt that while this band can be called many things, ‘ordinary’ and ‘silent’ are not among them.
Since the dawn of the album, fans have incessantly clamored for artists to recreate the nostalgia of their first LP. Rather than embracing progression or experimentation, listeners have, for the most part, lamented a group’s decision to push the boundaries of their sound and abilities. With Ordinary Silence, the sophomore album from Dayton, Ohio’s Mixtapes, the band gives their fans exactly what they said they wanted—and it’s not pretty.