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Album Review: All Systems Go - 'Nonfiction'

New Jersey pop-punk band All Systems Go debut their new melodic and impassioned sophomore release, Nonfiction.



All Systems Go is a Delran, New Jersey-based pop punk band. The band formed in July 2016 after the four original members had gigged together in high school, but had taken a break from writing and performing music since then. After playing some shows together at local bars and restaurants, 2019 was a year All Systems Go blossomed. On January 21st, All Systems Go debuted their first self-tracked and mastered album, Garden State Skies, mixed by LA producer David Snow. They would then sign to HipKat Entertainment, where they would work with producer Jaime GoWell and finish the year off strong with EP, The Waiting Room.

"Major highlight, "Four Guys, One Machete," creates a lush environment of pop-punk bliss, totally arresting the auditory senses with rich technical zeal and uniform lyrical empathy that has accompanied every experience like a glove up to this point."

While Covid left many artists struggling to make music and promote their content, All Systems Go persevered and collaborated with producer Nik Bruzzese of the band Man Overboard to create their new sophomore release, Nonfiction.

Nonfiction starts with the intro track, "What about a shipwreck in Canada." Nonfiction starts with the intro track, "What about a shipwreck in Canada." Full of unique guitar lines underpinned with emotive lyrical sensitivity, All Systems Go places NonFiction in a strong position for showcasing their creative prowess.

Other moments like "Rotten Tomatoes" continue to hold the energetic yet impassioned weight of the album. Offset by the melodic instrumental energy and delicate vocal dynamics, it effortlessly takes us into "Noone Does Homecoming Like Us," where the pop-punk resonance in its delivery coats the track and creates nostalgic substance.

Major highlight, "Four Guys, One Machete," creates a lush environment of pop-punk bliss, totally arresting the auditory senses with rich technical zeal and uniform lyrical empathy that has accompanied every experience like a glove up to this point.

Nonfiction ends with a notable finale, "The One Where They Ride Off Into The Sunset." Still maintaining their melodic fervor while still effective in communicating their raw and passionate lyrical delivery, All Systems Go ends Nonfiction on a high note.

Nonfiction does a great job at staying on course with instrumental melodies without destroying the emotional quality or storytelling aspect, even with quieter junctures on the record. Overall, NonFiction shows that All Systems Go is the band to look out for in the future of the rising pop-punk scene.



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