What I’ve always loved about The Starting Line is their undying ability to evolve through time while still maintaining a signature sound. There are many who swear by 2002’s influential (and arguably top-5-pop-punk-album-of-all-time candidate) Say It Like You Mean It, and there’s nothing wrong with that. That album helped define a genre that only existed within the subculture of Warped Tour and brought it to new, unprecedented heights. With that being said, there are also a number of us who grew with the band — evolving with them as they released new albums. Taking note of more complex chords & time signatures. Embracing Kenny Vasoli’s transition from angsty teenage vocalist to adult songwriter. And all the other elements that make The Starting Line’s journey so special.
“Anyways” — the title track from the band’s upcoming 3-song 7 inch (and their first single release in 8 years) — is everything that we needed from The Starting Line. It picks up right where 2007’s Direction left off — with rich and bright guitar tones, a larger-than-life chorus, and undisputed honesty. It’s not flashy, because that’s not the band’s style. What it is, truthfully, is a seamless transition for the fans who never went away. It has given us something so very exciting to look forward to, and something to help us continue to grow.