3PM's new mp3 Slow Me Down- music you don't want to miss
3PM had the privilege of recording Slow Me Down with producer Paul Leavitt who also produces big-name artists All Time Low, Senses Fail, and The Dangerous Summer. They have been growing their fan base ever since they formed in 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, and this year caught the attention of many with their appearance at Van’s Warped Tour.
Currently, 3PM is preparing to tour off Slow Me Down, and is scheduled to perform at the Gettysburg Rocks festival on August 9th in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Slow Me Down includes eleven songs that showcase vocalist and bassist Brennan Stark’s clean vocals, Brandon Millman’s skillful drumming, and Scott Montgomery’s phenomenal guitar-work. Listen to any song from the upbeat opening track “Something New” to the ballad-esque penultimate track “Who We Are,” and Montgomery’s ability to open a song with intriguing (and expert) guitar is evident.
Elaborating on “Something New,” the beginning is a pure pop punk guitar riff that, after every four bars, adds a new element: first very reserved drumming layers itself on top, and then morphs itself into a bouncy, fun beat.
The second track, “Missed Call,” starts with simplistic, punk-style strumming on just one chord and continues as such for eight or so measures with quiet chord changes by the bass in the background before being joined by a peppy drumbeat. At this point, the guitar begins to reach around and find solid ground on a catchy riff based off the original chord. This groove is continued for sometime until Stark begins singing and the guitar drops out for a while.
“Moving Day,” the third track, features an amazingly catchy riff at the beginning and after about four bars launches into some excellent vocal work. Along with “Moving Day,” my favorite riffs come from “Something New” (track one) and “All Caught Up” (track nine). Starting a majority of their songs with catchy guitar really makes the music inviting and encourages listeners to continue jamming. The riffs shine light on their influence from Blink-182 and Green Day while still showing their creativity and unique sound.
The sixth track, “Lazer Tag,” starts not with guitar, but with a short drum feature, which is equally interesting and musical. Even the songs that start immediately with vocals, which include the single “Slow Me Down,” are excellent.
Get ready for Slow Me Down to hit the stores because, believe me, you need to hear this band. 3PM will be the new big band of pop punk, you just wait and see. Be sure to buy their album when it comes out on August 15th!
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.