Puppy Love is the latest album to be released by pop-punk/emo band Mom Jeans, with the album being the highly anticipated follow-up to previous release Best Buds.
By Jane Howkins
It’s pretty emo/pop-punk by the numbers, with the band’s music being more along the line of the classic pop-punk format, instead of the modern one. This will please fans pining for a return to the more traditional form of the genre, however may not appeal to newer/younger listeners. There’s also nothing drastically different from the band’s previous release, and if we’re honest Puppy Love probably isn’t going to change the world in any drastic way, but it does make for a fun listen once you accept that.
We’re actually reminded somewhat of the band Brand New and their first album Your Favourite Weapon, with the music here being reminiscent of that style, albeit with a slower pace. The vocals also remind us of the vocalist of that band, Jesse Lacey, although that may just be down to the style of music having a general vocal style that usually accompanies it. Nevertheless, fans of that band before their style changed may enjoy this, and it also makes us wonder whether Mom Jeans have the potential to go on a similar genre bending journey through their career.
Another thing that we found particularly disappointing was the production. It’s raw, and whilst that isn’t always a bad thing, it just sounds a little unappreciated here. It’s a little dated if we’re honest, and we would have expected something a little better from a band releasing their second album. However, there are plenty of good things to be found on the album if you listen hard enough, although it might take a few listens to get there.
We enjoyed the way the band mixed a brass section in on several songs, with Glamorous displaying this fabulously. It’s also not introduced in a ska way, making for something that sounds entirely new within this genre of music. If the band can keep making changes like this and can make the production better next time around, then they might have a winner on their hands. We also found ourselves a little disappointed by the lyric topics as the vocals sounded slightly whiny at times (although that comes with the territory), but we imagine that that is something that will change with time, as the band matures. There is potential here – it all just depends on whether Mom Jeans are able to activate it or not.