Chin Up, Kid
Swing With Your Eyes Closed
I've been waiting for this album to come out for the longest time, and when it finally did I was not disappointed.
Imagine for a minute that Four Year Strong was at a bar and from across the room made eye contact with Hit the Lights. After talking and getting to know each other the two eventually move in together, have movie nights where they watch crappy documentaries on Netflix, and eventually have a child together. That child would be Chin Up, Kid.
Swing With Your Eyes Closed is the perfect combination of Four Year Strong's Rise or Die Trying and Hit The Lights' Summer Bones.
Corey Ryder's vocals remind me of Good Charlotte's Joel Madden, something that, in my opinion, makes this album very, very special.
For a debut album, Swing With Your Eyes Closed is a damn good piece of work. I've had the album on repeat for days and each time I listen I hear something new.
Guitarist Jon Benjamin recently performed with Blink-182 at a show in Florida, which must have been a dream come true.
The seventh track, "Daydreamer," is an acoustic song and is a nice break from the rest of the album while the lyrics send a powerful message.v
If you have the opportunity to see Chin Up, Kid definitely make sure you do. While you're at it, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Swing With Your Eyes Closed. You won't be disappointed, I promise.