Losing Sleep – ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ Review

Posted: by Conor

Kingston’s (UK, not Jamaica…unfortunately) Losing Sleep have delivered a confident and assured debut with Fear Of Missing Out. It was recorded by the ever-amazing Bob Cooper and mastered by Alan Douches (Brand new, Saves The Day, The Promise Ring).

‘One Year Of Winter’ and ‘People In Glass Houses Sink Ships’ are a one-two punch that opens the record with a statement of intent – in true early 00’s fashion, Losing Sleep are wearing their heart on their sleeve.  ‘Hesitate To Call’ drops it down a notch whilst the opening riff in ‘Duke City Flowers’ keeps things interesting. This record will slot perfectly into your collection if you grew up listening to Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Brand New etc.

If you prefer with a pop punk with a more nostalgic feel, rather than the current crop of bro-dudes wearing backward caps, then this record is for you. Even though this band hails from near London, there is a distinct American feel to this whole album, even the song titles are nods to their Stateside counterparts (‘Out Of State Plates’). ‘Tin Can Telephones’ is the best song on the record with staggered guitars driving the verses and a classic pop-punk chorus, along with guest vocals from the awesome Kate Flynn from The Winter Passing leading an anthemic ending. Ender ‘I Wrote Off My Tape Deck’ is the classic acoustic-beginning-loud-ending addition necessary for any pop punk record.

If you don’t like early-noughties pop punk, then this record won’t change your mind. If you do, you’ll find something reminiscent of your youth in this. 

Score: 7/10

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