Crisscrossing through multiple layers of the punk genre like a couple of girls playing double-dutch, Brooklynites Man the Change tackle their first full-length Weather the Storm with an energy that only exists in bands that truly love what they’re doing. Hooky and riff ridden, Man the Change encompasses the melodic qualities of pop-punk while pairing them with nitty-gritty vocals that growl and grind their way through every verse. A more poppy pick up from the band’s two previous EP’s, Soviet Stallone and their self-titled debut, Weather the Storm is an impressive leap into mature songwriting for a band that put their first EP out just a few months prior to tackling a full-length.
While Mario Trolano spits his lyrics, the rest of the band is tearing through hard-hitting cymbal crashes and deep-throated bass lines to make music that is both moveable and mosh worthy. Hooky melodies that occasionally delve into the bop of skate rock may be the added enrichment to this new release, but the band still stands by their meat and potatoes with the gruff vocals and aggressive percussion delivered in these eight tracks. Cleverly tongue in cheek with their song titles, part of Weather Storm’s charm comes from tracks like, “Bowser’s Breakdown” and “Rambo Vs Bas Rutten (1v1)”, pop culture references that almost everyone can enjoy a good chuckle from.
Recorded by Indie Audio Productions engineered by band members John Pupa and Mario Trolano, Weather the Storm is a taste of the other side for listeners; hardcore kids can wean themselves off aggression and into melody, while the more poppy at heart can test the waters of something a little heavier. Whatever your poison, chances are Man the Change will hit the spot.