Circles & Soundwaves
Handguns- “Life Lessons”- ALBUM REVIEW

Review by Jess Titmus.

Artist: Handguns 

Album: Life Lessons (released July 8th via Pure Noise Records)

Handguns have returned with their second full­-length entitled Life Lessons and it’s certainly a good’un. Reminiscent of the sounds of ‘03/’04 (think Drive­Thru/Fat Wreck/Kung Fu Records) whilst still sounding fresh, Handguns show other bands how it’s done. Whilst the term “pop-punk” is easily thrown around these days, these guys deserve the label. There is just enough passion and angst to make it relatable without falling into the all-t­oo-­common trap of screaming the lyrics out. Harmonies keep the pop aspect in tact and there is not a weak song on the album.

For someone who has lost touch with a lot of current pop punk/rock music due in part to the success of mediocre bands, Handguns are a breath of fresh air. If more new pop-punk fans get into the genre through this band, then perhaps there is hope for the genre yet. Keep pop-punk alive. Listen to Handguns.

Rating: 5/5

Listen To: ”Highway Robbery”, “Waiting For Your Ghost”

Photos of From Indian Lakes, 7/24/14 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Photo of Twelve Foot Ninja at Rock On The Range, 5/18/14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

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Photo of The Pretty Reckless at Rock On The Range, 5/17/14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
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Photo of The Pretty Reckless at Rock On The Range, 5/17/14 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

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