"Wherever You May Be" By Friday Night Lites (Portland, ME)/Pop Punk/Released Nov 2015
Pop punk is a very hard genre to stand out in. It’s one of those music styles where, after its formula for success was established, nearly every band to come from the genre was just a watered down derivative of what came before. Every once in a while however a band comes around that can breathe new life into a style that most believe has been run into the ground. And that’s where Friday Night Lites find themselves.
Formed in the summer of 2014 in Portland, Maine, Friday Night Lites has been steadily growing a fan base with their high energy live shows and infectious anthems which earned them a slot performing the Massachusetts date of Vans Warped Tour 2015. After releasing the singles “I’m A Sandra Bullock Kinda Guy” and “Face The World” in 2014, the band released their “Bases Loaded” single in 2015 in anticipation for their debut EP Wherever You May Be.
The seven track EP follows many of pop punk’s classic traits. Pulse pounding percussion, loud power chords in the guitars, and anthemic lyrics sung at the top of the lungs leading the way. While it’s a formula that has been done plenty of times before, Friday Night Lites perform with such earnest and polish that they make the style sound fresh. Songs such as “Neck Deep” and “Bases Loaded” are high energy bangers that even the worst critics of the style will be hard pressed not to enjoy. The band does explore their softer sides on the disc as well with tracks like the power ballad “Blind Side” that also features some female guest vocals and the closing track “Glass” that is a short but sweet melody ride. “Call It A Day” is the personal favorite of the album that features the EP’s most catchy guitar work and punk rock gang shouts that add alot to any song when done right.
With Wherever You May Be, Friday Night Lites isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel but they definitely have polished it to a mirror shine and are able to rival any pop punk or emo big name in quality. With heartfelt lyrics and an aura of fun around their sound they can become a new favorite or a guilty pleasure if you like anything close to punk rock.