Song: It's So Whatever
Artist: Hang Tight
Area: New Jersey
Date of release: 15/02/2019
For Fans Of: Seaway, New Found Glory, Sum 41
If you're a fan of synth infused pop punk you're going to dig this track because it ticks all the boxes. Gang vocals, soaring melodies and the ever so slight sprinkle of hardcore elements.
From the click of the drums sticks Hang Tight throw their pop punk goodness in your face from the word go. The opening chorus is barely there before they kick in with some nice riff work and some pumping drum and bass. The first verse breaks it down slightly which really helps the track flow between 'softer' melodic parts to more harder edged riffs and gang vocals, all the while with the added flavour of a synth 'summer-time' feel throughout.
As you expect from Pop-Punk bands these days, hardcore elements do shine through. By no means to the extent say of A Day To Remember but more along the lines of a New Found Glory. Speaking of NFG, I got a huge vibe of them throughout the whole track with a little Sum 41 and Seaway thrown in for good measure.
Overall 'It's So Whatever' has good variations throughout, which really keeps your ears interested in whats going on and never gets boring. Just when you think they are going to a big ass breakdown, they go soft and vice versa.
Although I'm not the biggest fan of Pop-Punk these days (compared to my younger years), with some exceptions (Real Friends, The Wonder Years) I thoroughly enjoyed this track. It ticked all the boxes to make it a great summer Pop-Punk hit that will sure put the Hang Tight lads on the road to a City/Town/Suburb near you. 'Afterglow' was also a sweet track!
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST): 3/5
Personal Enjoyment: 7/10