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7 Minute Martians Curious Big Picture Media Released March 12, 2018 Review

7 Minute Martians

Curious

Big Picture Media

Released March 12, 2018

Review by Gabe Straight

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

I’ve heard a lot of fans of pop punk gods blink-182 wonder what their last album California would’ve sounded like if Tom Delonge worked on it instead of leaving the band in 2016. While 7 Minute Martians don’t exactly answer that question, they do answer a similar one: what if Mark Hoppus joined Angels & Airwaves with Tom? Well, you get 7 Minute Martians. Is that something you want to hear? Absolutely to the hell yes. Curious is one of the best pop punk releases of the year. They take a lot of notes from blink-182 and other bands like New Found Glory, but they do their influences very good justice.

 

Initially listening to the first few tracks, I knew 7MM had something going for them. They aren’t even hiding their blink references like the intro to “All For Nothing.” Like blink, the major-scale riffs were catchy as all hell, the beat was driving, everything had a healthy amount of compression in the mix, and I was intrigued to hear more.

 

As the album goes along, the songs get better. The band adds more harmonies, the melodies get even catchier, the song structures get tighter, and before I know it, I’m sitting in awe of how good some of these songs are. The first instance of this feeling came with the single “Hold On,” with the chorus that put 7MM a step above other local pop punk acts. It was the chorus of a band that should have t-shirts at every Hot Topic in North America.

 

The next song to grab me conveniently comes next with “Damn Near Perfect.”  Let me make something very clear. I listen to a lot of local and underground bands, and they all have something great going for them. Knowing that, “Damn Near Perfect” is significantly above the level I would expect from a band with 600 odd likes on Facebook. The acoustic guitar combined with singing has a beautiful aura of sincerity and romantic intentions. Once the full band come in, my heart broke into pieces. My body was not ready for “Damn Near Perfect” but I wouldn’t change it for a second. Curious continues with constant bangers like “Girl of My Dreams” and “Stutter,” another two choruses that hit so hard and have so much sincerity to them.

 

This is the second time I’ve brought up sincerity to describe 7MM, but it’s the aspect of any song or artist like the best. I want to be able to tell the person or people I’m listening to are putting their heart and soul into their music. When I’m listening to Curious, I get that rush of sincerity, that feeling you know when whoever’s performing believes in it. Some artists sound like they’re phoning it in, some try to hard, but 7MM hits this beautiful sweet spot that cannot go unnoticed.

 

If there were any drawbacks I would make, it’s the track length. There are some great songs on here, but those songs were followed by ones that didn’t keep it going as well. If this song was a six song EP, it would probably be in my top twenty for releases of all time. I’m not even joking. 7 Minute Martians absolutely brings it with Curious. I love this band, I love this album, I love this sound, everyone needs to know this band exists. For the love of all things khaki shorts and snapback hats, give 7 Minute Martians and Curious a listen.

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