Settle Your Scores: Better Luck Tomorrow (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Formed in late 2014, Settle Your Scores wasted little time in establishing a name for themselves in the Midwest music scene and the digital sonisphere at large. With a well-established regional presence and an energetic, vibrant and bold live performance, the group unleashed their debut full-length record, »The Wilderness«, in January of 2016 and haven’t slowed down since. With nearly an hour of high-energy heavy pop punk under their belt, the outfit hit the road with the likes of Knockout Kid and For The Win, making several appearances at festivals throughout the Midwest and beyond.

Musically this is Blink 182 taken to a heavier level, with even some metalcore mixed at times, Atreyu for a modern age. It is annoyingly infectious, and one can see and hear just how much time they have spent on the road as they are incredibly tight. It is punchy, almost bubblegum metal, and the more I playe dthe album the more I kept being reminded of “All The Small Things” – it doesn’t really sound like that, and there is plenty more bottom end and aggression, but there is a very similar attitude, and I can imagine SYS recording a similar toungue in cheek video. It’s not possible to listen to the album too much as it delivers too much sugar in the diet, but for something refreshing and full of annoying good cheer and happiness then this is worth hearing. It wouldn’t surprise me if these guys have the same impact on the scene as Blink 182, Bowling For Soup or Sum 41: a name to look out for.

Rating: 8/10


1. On the Count of Three
2. Zero Hour
3. Growing Pains & Throwing Blame
4. Dead Man Stalking
5. Keep Your Chin up and Your Expectations Down
6. Stuck in the Suburbs
7. Rise / Fall
8. Off & On
9. No Ragrets
10. Your Teeth vs. The Pavement
11. Valar Morghulis
12. My Reason to Come Back Home



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