Name: Use as Directed
Album: Use as Directed
keegan powell – guitar/vocals
luke macleod – guitar
kevin lacialle – bass
nick ross – drums
james welsmar – keyboards
Favourite Song: Definitely… Maybe
These guys hail from… not far away from me. Makes me sometimes wish I was still in high school, life was much easier back then, it was only about what classes were necessary to go to, and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It also made me feel exceedingly old when I found out Use as Directed is a band with an average age of 15 years old. The fact that there are people who were born in the 1990′s that make music I would listen to… kind of weirds me out.
Pop punk. Simple enough. I’ll admit, Use as Directed isn’t the most ground-breaking band I’ve ever heard, but at least they’re really good at what they know. Their myspace boasts they grew up listening to Blink 182 and New Found Glory. I definitely see influence, considering this is one of the first times I also say I grew up listening to these bands.
The songs on this EP are all songs I have no problem listening to on a car ride, or just listening to for this review. Actually I think during writing this, I’ve heard all the songs at least twice. My iTunes says they’ve had 3-4 plays each but I’ve gone to grab stuff every once in a while. I feel bad for saying I feel like I’ve heard this style of music before, but like I said earlier, it’s not groundbreaking, but it’s catchy, and it’s pleasant to listen to. And as long as I understand what I’m listening to, that’s what Use as Directed is looking for.
Where else do you listen to pop punk type of music? The radio. At their shows. They’ve got a show at the Aurora High School (hey, I played rugby there when I was 15!) tomorrow on the 21st. They are also playing the Opera House on January 25th. I would say go check them out. I’m definitely going to try and make it out.