Protagonist made their name a couple years ago by releasing a strong skate punk record. This is to say they brought back the glory days of Pennywise or Millencolin. Fast riffs and melodic vocals with a ton of sing alongs ensued. The band must have read the reviews because nothing has really changed. This is not to complain either since what they did to begin with was pretty perfect for the style.
The band, like most of their style, do best when going at warp speed. So the opener "States" runs by quickly and makes the listener take notice. On the other hand the next song "Tunbridge" takes it's time they don't forget the hooks on this one but it still seems longer than its running time. The band does well with hooks sing alongs and background vocals. Making each song something that one could look forward to in a live setting. As a record this is an enjoyably brief stopgap towards whatever the band chooses to do next.
6.9 / 10
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