I Am Growing, Honestly - Sine Cura
Review by Nicole Roberts
Texas isn't the first place that springs to mind when you think of pop-punk, so getting sent an EP from Sine Cura, a self proclaimed 'sad pop' band who sound like the poster boys for modern pop-punk was a little surprising. I was met with a generally solid, promising EP, and although it ran into the problem that a lot of bands in the genre run into lately by not having much diversity in the sound, it was still a commendable effort from the band.
The 5 track EP starts off well, with 'Drive', the sound of which is a very good indicator of what you're going to get with the rest of the release. It's upbeat, quick, and angsty - basically, their sound is the embodiment of everything the pop-punk genre right now is all about. The EP continues well through the next track 'Growing Pains', with the band sounding musically tight and fairly polished.
The third track, 'Headache Remedy', is where it loses me a little bit. To be perfectly honest, I don't really understand why you would include a song with poor sound quality, that genuinely sounds like it was recorded on an iPhone in a room with bad acoustics, especially when the rest of the album has good production value and sounds nice, crisp and professional. It was a little jarring to be bopping along to some quality pop-punk, just to be confronted with that song. Luckily, the next two tracks 'Pressing Flowers' and 'La Luna' pick up exactly where 'Growing Pains' left off, giving us some solid pop-punk. The EP finishes on a good note with 'La Luna'.
With I Am Growing, Honestly, there's no huge difference between most of the tracks, which is fine for a debut EP, and can be expected. They've got raw talent and passion though, so hopefully their next release they'll stretch their writing muscles and diversify the tracks a little more to keep the listener interested.
A lack of diversity aside, the bands debut EP is a good one. It shows a lot of promise, and they've certainly got the musical chops to create something great with their next release. They're tight as a band, they're good songwriters and I'm sure we'll be hearing more from them in the future. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on these guys as they continue to grow.
6.5 out of 10 stars.
I Am Growing, Honestly is out August 4th 2017. You can pre-order it here and on iTunes.