Vesperteen – The Hype Is Dead – Album Review
Alt-pop/Indie rock artist, Vesperteen, is back with his highly anticipated EP, The Hype Is Dead. This will be the Columbus, OH locals first EP since “Vesperteen” back in 2015, has been busy touring nationwide. See Splice’s coverage!
Colin Rigsby (vocals, drums) co-produced songs from this EP with a few heavy-hitters; names such as LostBoyCrow, John Feldmann, and PJ Bianco. These producers have previously worked with Blink 182, Nick Jonas, All Time Low, and Demi Lovato, to name a few. Vesperteen’s music gives off an upbeat vibe + an electro-pop feel, which gives them a unique sound that people have gravitated towards. Their previous EP, Vesperteen, had fans steaming it on repeat, and The Hype Is Dead is sure to do the same!
The opening track, “Fifteen Minutes”, which features the title of the album, stating “welcome to the funeral the hype is dead” in the first line, gets the EP off to an exciting start. The moderately-paced opener is sure to get you up and dancing with it’s melodic vocals and distinct drum beats. The track features an almost church-feeling piano-sounding melody in the background of the pre-chorus, accompanied by finger snaps in the chorus, which add an exciting element to it.
The second track, “Memory”, also has distinct drum beats, but with an interesting twist to it. The song includes a small breakdown during and following the chorus, giving the song an edge that drastically separates it from the first track.
We’re brought back to a faster-paced tempo with, “Speed of Light”, and “It Will Never Be Enough”. Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, a former Columbus, OH local, is featured on the drums for “Speed of Light.” Both tracks provide strong vocals, fun choruses, and catchy lyrics that are easy to catch onto. “It Will Never Be Enough” features strong background vocals and a cool drum buildup in the bridge, that leads up to the drop of the last chorus, and ends with isolated vocals, accompanied by only the piano, adding a beautiful touch to it.
“Feel”, and “Medicine” introduce a different tone to the EP. Both tracks, although also featuring signature strong drum beats, hold much softer vocals; all while never losing the deeper meaning the lyrics bring. With the more delicate vocals in “Feel”, it leads up to a very powerful bridge. The vocals in the bridge are much stronger at the beginning and as it goes on they get louder and gain even more strength; so by the end, as the music picks up, we are left with one of the most compelling ends to a track we’ve heard in while. Refreshing is an understatement.
The EP ends with their single, “Blue”. This gave me bluesy (no pun intended) almost R&B vibes at first listen. Calming vocals, and chorus-like background vocals by the end make it a stand-out track from the rest of the EP. Blue is a great ending to an otherwise dancy, fun tracklist.
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The Hype Is Dead is a roller coaster of an EP, in the best way possible! It’s a great mix of fast-paced and low-key tracks; the lyrics and vocals throughout are beautiful. Each song on the EP is different from the other and you can tell just how much heart and hard work went into making sure each one was perfect. After giving this a listen from the front to the back, it’s not hard to see why Vesperteen has such a dedicated fan base and are selling out shows nationwide. Be sure to check out The Hype Is Dead that drops May 18, 2018!
Journalist: Amanda Rodriguez