London based Small Pond Big Fish immediately make an impression upon the listener in the very first track of their EP Wicked Young, Wicked Old. The EP opens with Parallels, which includes a catchy riff and draw the listener in before the vocals even hit. The lead vocalist’s powerful voice and the relateable lyrical content, particularly in the bridge (What has become of me?). The instrumental parts to the track include some well placed but brief drum breakdowns, however the guitar solo in this particular track is disappointingly average.
Hold On introduces a more pop punk feel, similar to the likes of A Day To Remember, however the vocals are much softer and the song sounds much cheerier than most pop punk content. Parts of this track sound disjointed as each section is different, and the only part of the song that flows for the entire four minutes are the vocals, which hold everything together.
Down The Rabbit Hole begins much the same way as Hold On, however each instrument has its own place in this track and can be clearly heard. At around the two minute mark a time change comes in for a few bars, which breaks up the song but isn’t really necessary. After a great opening track, the following two are very underwhelming.
Stranger Than is a slow track in 3/4 time, fully utilising the bass as an instrument that is capable of playing more than just root notes. The drums have their own short fills to introduce the next section of the track and make the use of pauses not to go too crazy, building the song up even more. The guitars aren’t too loud, fitting the genre of the song nicely.
The final track is Lungs, which uses reverb and delay in the introduction to build up space before the main riff hits. The verse returns to this theme again, using broken chords over strummed chords. The chorus sounds more cheerful than the verse or the instrumental parts suggest, piquing the listener’s curiosity.
Although each track is different, there are some overriding themes. The chorus vocals in each track are multitracked with harmonies from the lead singer, however to pull this off live either the band will have to perform backing vocals or effects will have to be used. The final two tracks flow better and appear to be better written and rehearsed than the first three. The middle two poorer tracks bring the whole tone of the EP down a little but overall, Wicked Young, Wicked Old shows that Small Pond Big Fish are capable of writing and performing in different styles and time signatures, it’s just a case of choosing where to use them.