It’s never too late to discuss good punk rock records, even if they were released a couple of years or decades ago. I mean, we all eventually started the convo with our friends and acquaintances about records we dearly love and admire. It’s one of those themes that could go in every possible direction and went into possible record swapping, record shopping, or even distribution. It ignites the admiration towards punk rock vinyl and forces people to pay closer attention to the band that desperately needs our support, especially during this situation with the pandemic. I Think We’ll Be OK by Eat Defeat strikes equally, if not more, even almost three years after its initial release. I would like to talk about it a little bit more today.
Eat Defeat is a pop-punk quartet emanating from Leeds, UK. I Think We’ll Be OK is their debut full-length, released by a prolific Belgian punk rock label named Bearded Punk Records. If you’re familiar with this label, then you already know about their tremendous roster. Each band resonates in a unique way, and that’s indeed the case with Eat Defeat as well. Besides, I Think We’ll Be OK, Eat Defeat released a couple of extended plays, such as It’s Always Sunny In Yorkshire and Time & Tide. The album was promoted with singles such as A Little Less Than OK, Nothing’s Wrong, Running In Place, and Shortcuts. Eat Defeat has done incredible work with this one. From outstanding ideas over brilliant arrangements to precise execution, this band created epic pop-punk album that will remain in your top ten pop-punk albums list for years.
However, Eat Defeat explores even further by incorporating elements of classic melodic punk rock and skate punk. Besides some classic polished pop-punk sounds, the group showcases bits and pieces of abrasiveness and aggression when necessary. Still, their music embraces the dominant aesthetics of pop-punk music. Even the beforementioned aesthetic has its purpose. Eat Defeat explores the contemporary pop-punk sound, but the band doesn’t hide their devotion towards the late-nineties pop-punk music. These maneuvers are representing a double win in my book. You’ll be blown away by how these guys pulled some tricks up from their sleeves throughout the entire album.
The utterly impressive guitar dualities are unquestionably one of the best affinities of Eat Defeat. There’s something about arpeggiated accentuations, melodic chord progressions, robust riffages, octave-infused themes, and other guitar shreds that keeps your listening apparatus completely entertained from scratch to finish. Catchy bass lines are supporting these guitar acrobatics from beneath through cleverly assembled low-end tones. Excellent drumming performance contributes to the dynamics and keeps the remaining instrumentations in line through energetic rhythmic segments. The vocals are making this album ever more ear-appealing by liberating perfectly executed melodic chants. Backing vocals are supporting lead chants with equally polyphonous singalongs that are mostly hearable at choruses.
I Think We’ll Be OK delivers all you ever wanted from a pop-punk band. It’s an amalgam of meaningful melodic tunes you’ll instantly fall in love with. This album will become one of your faves if you give it a chance.
I Think We’ll Be OK is still available on vinyl, so head over to Bearded Punk Records for more detailed information about ordering.