Sound — 7
The music industry nowadays is awash with copy cat pop-punk scenesters longing to be the next Fall Out Boy. While most people will categorize Ohio based Hit The Lights as one of 'those' bands (and to some extent rightly so), there is something about the quartet that sets them apart from the rest of the scene. For starters they don't don the usual floppy, wet-fish haircuts popular with most bands at the moment. Secondly whereas most bands seem to be moving towards a more dance-infused, synth orientated style of pop-punk (complete with auto-tuned vocals, may I add), Hit The Lights raise their fingers to this by staying true to their colors. Their blend of pop-punk reminisces of a cross between the energy of early Yellowcard and the vocal strength of All Time Low. I guess the best description of their sound would be a mixture of old and new pop-punk. Tracks such as Breathe In and Back Breaker have a poppy Saosin-esque guitar feel to them whilst Drop The Girl and Statues have the quick fueled pace of New Found Glory's Sticks and Stones era. The choruses in each song are unique and do exactly what's needed to catch the attention of listeners. It's pretty much a guarantee that after one listen at least one of the tunes will be firmly lodged in your head.
Lyrics — 6
Lyrically the songs on Skip School Start Fights are what you would expect from any pop punk band. Heavily influenced by the drama of girls, love, and growing up, there is not a lot of subject diversity on the record. But this is made up for in the delivering of the lyrics as they are sung well and obviously with heart.
Overall Impression — 7
First impressions of the album are generally positive. The album has catchy tracks, good guitars and, although unoriginal, good drumming. But this is an album that, however catchy the choruses are, was not made to be long lasting. Hit The Lights have made a perfect album to soundtrack your summer, but no more than that.