After a 10-year break, the Montreal pop punkers Twenty2 are back with a new EP, Nice Knowin’ Ya, that was released on August 31st. I was very excited when I read that they were working on new songs and I couldn’t wait to hear the final product. This 6-song EP is a total banger from start to finish.
When I first listened to it, I could relate so much to the lyrics that I told myself I could have written the songs. I always pay a lot of attention to the lyrics and what a band has to say. And there’s nothing I like more than when I can recognize myself or my situation in songs. It’s the best way a record can grow on me. And actually, I think that everybody can somehow relate to the lyrics as the band talks about love, relationships, break ups and the fact that sometimes, we’re better off on our own than with someone else.
The whole record is super catchy and melodic and I love it. With this EP, Twenty2 bring us melodies that get stuck in our heads and I often catch myself humming the chorus of some of their songs.
The first song, Intro(Vert), is a great and short skate punk song. Actually, it’s the only skate punk song on the EP and the most aggressive one. It definitely was the right choice to start Nice Knowin’ Ya.
The second song, Won’t Hate, was the first single that Twenty2 presented to their public. I would say that this song is pop punk at its best and it made me want to hear more when I first listened to it.
The third song, Radio Mind, is my favorite one. It really gets me because it’s about the connexion between two lovers even when they’re not together. The chorus is catchy and my favorite part is definitely the end, after the breakdown when you can only hear the singer’s voice. It’s so beautiful! I can’t get tired of hitting repeat over and over again.
The fourth song, I’d Rather Die, is more focused on the guitar and includes amazing solos from Stephen Egerton, well-known guitar player from Descendents and All. This great featuring definitely makes the song the most technical one on the EP. A total ripper!
The next song, Can’t Hold On, Can’t Let Go, is my second best from the EP. It’s so catchy that the chorus makes me want to dance everytime I hear it.
And last but certainly not least, the title track Nice Knowin’ Ya, in which you can hear the singer of The Almighty Trigger Happy, Al Nolan. That featuring was a great idea and I really like the mix of the two voices.
Finally, I like that EP so much that it will probably be in my top 5 EPs of the year. I’m proud to see such a great band being part of my local scene. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to Nice Knowin’ Ya yet, here’s the link to the EP : http://twenty2intl.bandcamp.com/album/nice-knowin-ya.
If ever you’re in the greater Montreal area, you should go to the official release show that will be on November 9th, in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. For all the details, please visit the Facebook event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/522346944871049/?ti=ia.