Album Review // MAKEOUT ‘The Good Life’
The Rhode Island’s quartet MAKEOUT fuse punk drive with nostalgia and humour on their debut album The Good Life.
“The record sounds like a party,” vocalist Sam Boxold said, and I can’t argue with that. Having worked with multi-platinum producer and songwriter John Feldmann (Blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer, Beartooth) and enlisted help of 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood, as well as legendary skinsman Travis Barker, in the writing and recording process, MAKEOUT deliver a truly catchy and arena-worthy compilation.
What’s more, I don’t know if her name was actually Lisa but damn, that girl really pissed them off. The Good Life is a coming of age portrayal, encompassing youthful hopes and dreams, the struggle of making future life decisions as well as being in love and being heartbroken. But most of all, it’s about friendship, fun and not taking everything so seriously. Wrapping it all up in anthemic hooks and relatable lyrics, they give us something trivial and meaningful at the same time.
Throwing in some racing guitars and exploding drum patterns, Childish makes a grand opener to the album. Fast-paced and reflective in a way, the track strikes with broad potential and an unexpected chant passage, something that will definitely go down well in live arrangement.
MAKEOUT‘s debut single, Crazy follows up next exposing their flair for creating stadium-size choruses and melodic tempo shifts. Palpable rhythmics of the tune work wonders with a sing-speak vocal play and whimsical take on lyrical content, including Kardashians, Sephora and McDonald’s. Well, relationships are hard. And nothing proves that better like the tracks Lisa and Secrets.
My conclusion (although we’re only on the third song here) is: be nice to everyone because you never know when they write a song about you, and to be more precise – about how much they hate you. Lisa is simply a guitar marvel, soaring on auxiliary percussion with a chorus based on a few repetitive words, well ‘Lisa’ and ‘hate’.
The band’s sardonic take on constructive lyricism develops and flourishes even more on Secrets. Led by acoustic guitar, it’s a ballad-esque offering and despite it serves a heartfelt melody, the truth is completely different. “Your secrets, are not safe with, me anymore”, we hear from Boxold, only to be followed by: “You blew it, with your bullshit, you fucking whore”. Offensive and emotive tones align together, leaving listeners slightly puzzled. But it will all be clear by the time they hear the last verse.
However, there are moments of pure brilliance on the record. Delving into the matter of youth and love, and both combined, MAKEOUT manage to craft something exquisite for such a young age, which is a sense of nostalgia. Clinging to the idea of not growing up, Clockwork is a melodic concoction of resilient guitars that build up to a thrilling emotive crescendo, whereas Till We’re Gone brings in piano sequences that transition into melancholic but dynamic chorus.
Galloping on the length of only 25 seconds, Where’s My Charger is quite an interesting interval before we round off with Blast Off. Surely, the stand-out track on the album, it embodies the upbeat and punchy spirit effortlessly captured on the entire full-length release.
You will make good and bad choices in your life, no doubt about it, but MAKEOUT are here to remind you that this is a pretty good life after all. Just as the title suggests. So don’t wait too long and press play.