Taking Names, a pop punk five piece that are gaining a lot of attention from their latest EP release Trap City. Not only due to the quality of the music but also where the band come from. Hailing from Bergen, Norway, Taking Names are playing a vital part in revealing the pop punk music genre their country.
Trap City is a five track EP packed with nostalgic pop punk straight out of the 90s; We are welcomed by a medley of harmonized lead guitars and isolated bass sections. A powerfully catchy chorus suits the track perfectly and the song is brought to a close with a somewhat cheesy yet fitting guitar solo.
As Near Life Experience begins, Blink 182 instantly comes to mind. This band has a number of insanely good singers all doing their part to ensure that the EP isn’t short of massive choruses filled with as range of different voices and vocal styles. With Adrian (guitar) Sindre (bass) and Christer (keys) aiding vocalist Kilvaer with impressive backing vocals, it makes for some very enjoyable listening.
As we reach So The Legend Goes, the quintet change their style slightly as their regular pop punk style gets slapped by an emo twist giving the EP a much less jolly and upbeat vibe. This however seems appropriate and is embraced as a refreshing change to happy songs about skateboarding and hot weather.
Trap City does however end in a much more positive fashion, The EPs title track is a real stereotypical pop punk song in the best of ways. With a high energy tempo, groovy isolated bass riffs, a singalong chorus and lyrics about leaving their hometown.
This is an EP to listen to with friends in summer if ive ever heard one.The combination of straightforward 90s pop punk and complex layers of melodic vocals is a brilliant original idea from the quintet, it comes as no surprise that the Taking Names are building a name for themselves in Norway and are slowly but surly building fan bases abroad.