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Album Review: I Think We’ll Be OK by Eat Defeat

UK pop-punk band Eat Defeat release their new album I Think We’ll Be OK on 3rd August via Bearded Punk Records. A band that are a breath of fresh air in UK pop-punk, they buck the trend of being overly sentimental and downbeat and aren’t afraid to promote an optimistic attitude and have fun with their music even whilst dealing with serious subject matters.

2 years in the making, ‘I Think We’ll Be Ok’ details the highs and lows of a life lived on your own terms; the freedom that comes with the realisation that you are in control of your own destiny mirrored with the existential dread that realisation entails. It’s about finding the positives amongst the negative and reassuring yourself that life gets better. It’s about light and dark, night and day and coping with relationships divided by time zones. It’s about accepting that it’s alright to not be alright.

Speaking on the release, vocalist Andrew Summers said “I’m just so, so excited to have new music out there. I’m the most impatient person in the world when it comes to wanting to share things I’m proud of, so if I had it my way we’d just get the masters and release it immediately. In fact, I’d probably just live stream the whole recording process!”

This a record that you can relate to and smile. It’s a record that can look back retrospectively and take an objective look at things. Rather than conforming to the pop-punk template of taking a sum what negative view on adolescent problems and trying to carry this through into your twenties, Eat Defeat manage to create an adult pop-punk album. Wait, where not sure that’s possible, but they’ve certain come the closest.

10 tracks, clocking in at just over 30 minutes, it’s an enjoyable and easy listen. Tracks like ‘Nothing’s Wrong’, ‘Can’t Say I’ll Miss You’ and closer ‘Not Today, Old Friend’ are the highlights but there isn’t a weak track. Each one fits perfectly and is a genuinely great slab of pop-punk. Get this listened to and let yourself smile.

AD Rating 7.5/10

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