• Sammie Starr

Album Review: Eat Your Heart Out - 'Can't Stay Forever'

Australian pop-punk band Eat Your Heart Out releases their second melodically pensive and zesty album, Can't Stay Forever via Fearless Records.



Change. As we grow and transform as individuals, change becomes the constant template that daisy chains into the fabric of our lives. For Newcastle, Australian band, Eat Your Heart Out, change has been the driving force within their career. Since 2012, their perpetual forward motion and determination garnered them three fan-favorite EPs—Distance Between Us [2015], Carried Away [2017], and Mind Games [2017]—before delivering their proper full-length debut, Florescence, in 2019. While change can be an uncomfortable process in our lives, what remains after the storm clears is sometimes more fruitful than what we started with in the beginning. While in the past the band wrote just enough to get by from EP to an album, their second release, Can't Stay Forever, shows the time they and dedication they used to cultivate and mature their sound as musicians.

"Scissors In My Skin" is punchy and infectious, with emo pop-punk instrumental energy that is nostalgic as it is lyrically impactful. While as a unit the band shines, the guitar riffs are what take center stage at this moment of the record."

Can't Stay Forever starts with a dreamy, melancholic number, "Forget Me."

With gorgeous raw lyricism and ariose multi-faceted vocals, the record starts impressively for the rest of the tracks that pirouette throughout the album.


"Scissors In My Skin" is punchy and infectious, with emo pop-punk instrumental energy that is nostalgic as it is lyrically impactful. While as a unit the band shines, the guitar riffs are what take center stage at this moment of the record.

The vocals and instrumental intensity come through in all their glory on "Hostage" and "Blood." Though two completely different energies on the record, the latter is some of the heaviest up to this point. "Blood" comes in as a bit of a curveball compared to the rest of the efforts, but it's one of the most imposing and well-done experiences on Can't Stay Forever.

Hypnotic and transcendent juncture, "Poison Devotion" shows a beautifully atmospheric and softer side to the band while still carrying the emotional lyrical weight of the past tracks.

Can't Stay Forever ends with the hard-hitting finale, "Headfirst." Combining the band's effortless blend of pensive melodicism and aggressive tension, Eat Your Heart Out concludes the record with a raw and satisfying close.

Can't Stay Forever will undoubtedly become a vital listening experience for those looking for a new and exciting pop-punk band to add to their libraries. With intense lyricism backed by engaging instrumental zeal, Can't Stay Forever shows that the band has released a solid second album effort for the year.



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