5ever goes for gold with debut ep 'Forever'

by Beck Macey

5ever goes for gold with debut ep 'Forever'

I don’t use the term “all killer no filler” lightly as it has a level of cheesiness to it that never fit my m.o. However, when discussing a pop punk EP in 2021, that is a cut above the rest, it just feels right (if any genre can do cheesiness right it has got to be pop punk). A super group of sorts, 5ever is the brainchild of Boston favorites Sam Nazaretian, Chance Wells, Mateo Garcia, and Alex Pickert, and Tyler Dack who are charting a new exciting territory with this release. While it isn’t necessarily hard to make a pop punk release, it certainly isn’t easy to stand out as uniquely your own. “Forever” the debut release from 5ever is doing just that, by showing off standout lyrics, solid drumming, and some iconic pop punk shredding from the power chord heavy guitars. What I love about this release is it balances the classic auto-tuned vocals from pop punk favorites like May Day Parade and Yellow Card with the heavier screaming side of bands like early Fall Out Boy and even popular post hardcore outfits like Pierce the Veil. While the lyrics too “Forever” land on the playful side, there is still an aspect of vulnerability in many of the songs especially on ‘Trashpit’ and ‘Bootleg Kardashian’. However, my favorite tracks are easily the first two ‘Champagne’ (the first single released) and ’Sauvage Dior’ because they really grab the listeners attention and set the tone for the entire EP. Nazaretian is a strong vocalist who first caught my attention with their other project Cheem. While that project has a different tone to it, their vocalization style translates well to a more classic pop punk band. The entirety “Forever” from 5ever debut’s September 10th on all streaming platforms, so be sure to give it a listen and keep an eye on these guys, this project is going somewhere.

5ever goes for gold with debut ep 'Forever'

by Beck Macey

5ever goes for gold with debut ep 'Forever'

I don’t use the term “all killer no filler” lightly as it has a level of cheesiness to it that never fit my m.o. However, when discussing a pop punk EP in 2021, that is a cut above the rest, it just feels right (if any genre can do cheesiness right it has got to be pop punk). A super group of sorts, 5ever is the brainchild of Boston favorites Sam Nazaretian, Chance Wells, Mateo Garcia, and Alex Pickert, and Tyler Dack who are charting a new exciting territory with this release. While it isn’t necessarily hard to make a pop punk release, it certainly isn’t easy to stand out as uniquely your own. “Forever” the debut release from 5ever is doing just that, by showing off standout lyrics, solid drumming, and some iconic pop punk shredding from the power chord heavy guitars. What I love about this release is it balances the classic auto-tuned vocals from pop punk favorites like May Day Parade and Yellow Card with the heavier screaming side of bands like early Fall Out Boy and even popular post hardcore outfits like Pierce the Veil. While the lyrics too “Forever” land on the playful side, there is still an aspect of vulnerability in many of the songs especially on ‘Trashpit’ and ‘Bootleg Kardashian’. However, my favorite tracks are easily the first two ‘Champagne’ (the first single released) and ’Sauvage Dior’ because they really grab the listeners attention and set the tone for the entire EP. Nazaretian is a strong vocalist who first caught my attention with their other project Cheem. While that project has a different tone to it, their vocalization style translates well to a more classic pop punk band. The entirety “Forever” from 5ever debut’s September 10th on all streaming platforms, so be sure to give it a listen and keep an eye on these guys, this project is going somewhere.