There’s a easy way to tell when a band is young, by listening to the whine in the songs. Summertime Dropouts might want to be known as pop punk but at best they would be pop rock. Whatever punk they might think they have, it’s not there, in any of the songs. There’s at times some hints of some beats that might be considered slightly punk but it’s only a few times in the songs but not enough to take away that pop rock sound. Listening to the album Rewind was like listening to an over-eager teen with too much caffeine in them trying to tell me a story through song.
Sure the music fast but not in a good way, it’s like being slapped in the face and then having that person telling you over and over I’m going to do it again, I’m going to do it again, I’m going to do it again, and so on. I just couldn’t enjoy the whiny sound of the vocals and with them being sung as fast as David Erickson could spit them out, I was looking forward to when the song would be finished. Because he is just spitting out the lyrics quick and loud, it was difficult to understand what he was singing about. It annoyed me that I had to listen to this album twice in a row to try to figure out the meaning of the songs when I didn’t even care about what the songs were saying.
I just didn’t care about the songs at all. There’s nothing to them that made me have a connection to them or want to sing along. About the only aspect that I did enjoy was when the songs were coming to an end. What makes the songs annoying is that they don’t have a organized sound to them. If they want to have a chaotic beat that’s fine but make it one that blends in with the whole of the song or one that’s so chaotic that it becomes a whole, but Rewind just sounds like kids having fun playing their instruments but with no real cohesion as to what they are going to play. There’s too much energy in their songs, as I said it sounds like they are on a caffeine high giving their songs way too much energy and not enough rhythm or beats.