Belmont - Belmont
Review by Shannon Shumaker
Chicago’s Belmont are easily one of the most exciting bands to break into the pop-punk scene in recent years. With an energy that rivals artists like The Story So Far, Such Gold or Set Your Goals, they remind fans why they fell in love with the genre to begin with. The band’s self-titled debut LP showcases their high energy, emotional and catchy as hell sound while also pushing the boundaries on what most would consider pop-punk in hip-hop and pop influenced stand-outs.
The album explodes with the opening track, “Empty” so fast that it’ll make your head spin. There’s no easing you into this release. Instead, Belmont are right up in your face from the get-go and don’t relent until the very last note. The great thing is that there’s a ton diversity from track to track, though, making for a very fun listen. No two songs on the album sound the same, with songs like “Recluse” spearheaded by energetic drums, incredible guitar work and aggressive vocals that flow with ease, while the following song, “Write Me Off” offers a very introspective and thoughtful side of the band.
The songs that really stand out are the ones that break the mold, though. While Belmont have absolutely mastered pop-punk, they’re unafraid to branch out and experiment with different sounds. “Interlude ft. Shinigami” for instance, is the hip-hop influenced middle track that sets them apart from the pack. It’s unexpected and might throw you off at first, but finds a perfect home on this album. Meanwhile, “Hollowed Out” showcases some of the most dynamic vocal work on the album and “Convalescence” really proves the band’s songwriting abilities. The instrumental work on “Convalescence” is truly mind blowing.
As the album continues forward, it just seems to get more and more diverse. At their core, Belmont definitely stay true to their pop-punk roots, but not without expanding their sound, defying expectations and hopefully paving the way for the bands that follow them. Belmont's debut full-length cements their place in the scene while challenging other artists to step up to the plate.
LISTEN TO: "Hollowed Out" or "Convalescence"
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