The record itself was recorded in a matter of 5 days between January & March of 2017 at 'Rues Dahl’ in Finland by Ilkka Hämäläinen and then mixed and mastered by Teemu Aalto in April. Riitta Koukkunen created the front cover collage and Miia Lepola provides backing vocals on the last song, Turn The Course.
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Following up on their 2016 EP ‘Blistered Soul/Whatever We Decide’, Finnish pop-punks Custody are back with their first full-length. Which is a self-titled affair that comes with ten highly enjoyable tunes.
Actually, calling them pop-punk paints the wrong picture. This is not New Found Glory or The Wonder Years or whatever. Custody describe themselves as ‘daddy punk’ and say they sound like ‘Sergie Loobkoff having a knife fight with Matt Pryor and Mike Carter in the 90's’. If that leaves you scratching your head, just check out opener ‘Bail Me Out’, ‘Empty Chair’ or ‘What Are We Waiting For’. Or basically any other song on the album. You’ll get it soon enough.
All of these songs really do sound like Samiam and Get Up Kids hanging out together, writing some songs… and then apparently pulling a knife on one another. There is this nice, steady flow throughout the album while the individual songs still pack plenty of punch. Throw in some highly melodic guitar lines and choruses and add the fact that they somehow make it all feel effortless and you are looking at one solid record. Yeah, they wear their influences on their sleeves, which makes that their debut might not be the most original album you’ll hear this year. But frankly… who cares when the songs are this good.