Fort Wayne’s The Remony play a kind of pop/punk/indie rock music that goes well with sunny summer afternoons, brisk fall evenings and even those lonely, cold winter nights. Spring doesn’t fit, though. These are songs about being well into the moment. Connecting with another soul. A soul you’re already well aware of, not just getting to know. A youthful view of the world, but not necessarily a young one.A Lot to Learn EP showcases five songs about restless youth, love and the journey from climbing from the lowest low to the highs that only come from new love. Jason Best and Jordan Brown have great chemistry and the vocal chops to carry a so-so band to much greater heights. Fortunately they don’t have to carry all the weight themselves as the rest of The Remony are perfectly capable of stepping up and making this band a tight, cohesive band. “Tuesday” opens the EP with a pop punk charge, bringing Paramore to mind. It’s a well-produced and well-written track sure to be blaring through a million ear buds if given the chance. “Brace Yourself” introduces the great vocal interplay between Best and Jordan, something that should be revisited more often on future releases. “On The Edge” sounds like one of those songs that would be playing during the credits of some 80s teen romantic comedy where the nerdy guy gets the gorgeous girl. At times the tunes on this EP tend to lean to a saccharine version of those post nu metal bands in the early 2000s, like Alien Ant Farm, Papa Roach and even Deftones to a degree. Motion City Soundtrack is another band that comes to mind as I’m listening to The Remony. “Alexandria” is the acoustic-strummed ballad, complete with EBow atmospherics and Taylor Swift-isms. The fact that it works lies completely in the golden pipes of Jordan Brown. She’s got a hell of a voice, and should be heard front and center in every song. Title track “A Lot to Learn” ends this promising EP on a heart swelling note, all Coldplay chest thumping emotion and 80s radio triumph.
Much like the now defunct The Great Flood Catastrophe before them, The Remony concoct a mix of big emotion and rock n’ rollbombast, all delivered in a crisp and well-produced package. If Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Coldplay and even Taylor Swift tickle your fancy, look no further than The Remony to fill your summer with power pop rock goodness.
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