REVIEW: High Tides – I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over

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High Tides say they have been ‘putting emo into pop-punk since 2015’, and their upcoming album I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over is evidence of that. The Nottingham quintet’s sophomore mini-album will explode onto the scene this month, and people should be excited to hear it.

Up first on the album is ‘Resolution’, and at 35 seconds long it acts as the curtain-raiser for the performance that follows- the warm up if you will- and sets the tone perfectly. With guitar riffs flying, drums thrashing, and an echoing chorus, this track doesn’t worry about easing you in gently.

Continuing on from where ‘Resolution’ left off, ’52’ is a catchy, melodic pop-punk tune with a bit of grit. Focusing on past relationships and romance gone wrong, this song was written with a lot of raw emotion, and doesn’t pull any punches with its lyrics. ‘Yet To Be Told’ continues with the album’s energetic feel and anthem-like choruses, designed to be sung live with a crowd singing along. ‘Heart’ is a song about reflecting on a relationship, and with beautiful imagery in the lyrics and a catchy chorus, it’s one that will stay with you after you’ve listened to it.

Following on the with the analogy of a play, ‘Realisation’ is the interval. The track brings a close to Act One, and prepares us for Act Two, with an emotional, almost self-deprecating song about making mistakes and moving on.

‘Bridges’ begins to see the album take a darker turn; a relatable track that focuses on opportunities not taken in life, and the regret that can follow. The line “Not scared of burning bridges, it’s walking on them that scares me” is the beautifully-worded epitome of that. The energy of the track is infectious and you won’t be able to resist the temptation to tap your fingers and sing-along.

After building up gradually for the first minute or so, ‘Lucky For Some’ kicks in with a vengeance. Featuring contrasting vocals on the chorus, and sick riffs throughout, this track is a belter, once again showcasing the poetic, meaningful lyrics alongside a harsh, raw pop-punk sound that High Tides seem to be all about.

The closer on the album is ‘Home’, and slows the tempo down after the rush of ‘Lucky For Some’. The track oozes raw emotion like many of the songs on the album, and while for the first half of the track this is conveyed in the form of a slow, downbeat song, the second half of this track is the polar opposite. The second half of the track is brutal, heavy, chaotic, and the perfect contrast to the first half.

After the curtain closes on I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over, the first thing you will want to do is immediately listen to the album all over again, and quite possibly immediately all over again after that. High Tides show a maturity in their songs that isn’t always present in pop-punk music, and I expect them to go from strength-to-strength in coming years. I know I will be keeping an eye on them for sure.

I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over by High Tides is released on 17th March via Scylla Records


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