Pop-punk band Morning In May release anthemic new debut album, Dead, Set, Slander.
Pop-punk band Morning in May have been in the business of creating music that is diverse as it is coated with feverish melodies. Following their 2020 EP Somewhere in Slumber and 2021 EP I still Can't Even, comes their positive debut album release, Dead, Set, Slander.
Dead, Set, Slander starts with "Live, Love, Laugh, (Die, Cry, Hate)," a powerhouse full of electronic melodies offset by guitar strings that aggressively effortlessly crash back and forth into each other, it creates the perfect formula for what we can expect moving forward in the record.
What Morning In May has established and gotten incredibly good at is their nostalgic persona, which is now painted on every listening experience we encounter. Tracks like "Jake From State Farm Ruined My Life" and the ultimate highlight, "This Week On How It's Made: Ohio Band," showcase these nuances while magnifying their diversity and confidence in a new light.
"Hot Off Depressed" maintains the momentum with its skate pop-punk fervor and yesteryear energy as we transition into a softer experience, "Just Add Water." A more minimalist approach to what we have heard thus far, it provides a nice change of pace outside the range of the textural, diverse range of sounds we have heard on the record.
Other junctures that will pick the energy up on the record towards the end are high-octane moments like "You Ladies From England? (Wales) You Whales From England?" and contrasting heavy-hitting finale, "Orpheus In Retrospect," Featuring Craig Mabbit. Serving as a challenge from the rest of the experiences on the album, Morning In May brings the best of what they have to offer in one final impression.
Overall, Dead, Set, Slander is a pretty good first step for the band's new sound. The titles of the tracks and the attention to detail in crafting their nostalgic pop-punk sound with a splash of neon punk vitality is something to be admired. It will be interesting to see where Morning In May goes within this genre, as there are a lot of sounds to digest on this album.