Pop-Punk Band, As Time Fades, Drops Heavy-Hitting Anthem "This Isn't What I Paid For"
There’s no shortage of talented multi-instrumentalists dabbling in anthemic pop-punk, but it’s pretty special when you come across a band doing it thoughtfully, expertly, and passionately. For Cleveland-based band, As Time Fades, the music comes easily. The guys have just dropped their new single, “This Isn’t What I Paid For,” and it’s the kind of heavy-hitting banger you probably thrashed to in your room back in high school.
“In the track there’s a story told of two friends,” As Time Fades told us. “The first wants to rush towards what’s in the future while the second is happy with enjoying the present. The second friend feels cheated because they’ve put a lot of love and attention into the relationship while the first friend wants to cut ties and move on with life.”
Clocking in at just two and a half minutes, “This Isn’t What I Paid For” is a perfect example of the radio-ready pop-punk recipe. It’s a punchy, in-your-face anthem built on unrelenting percussion and a clipped hook. There’s no slowing down here, it’s all onwards, upwards. The track begins with fuzzy distortion before an eruption of high-powered percussion sets the base of the rapid-fire arrangement, accompanied by searing guitar riffs and warring bass warbles. Throughout the track, the vocals move from howling harmony filling the space to an indignant shout delivering bitter lines like “you’re set to sail but you’re destined for a shipwreck.” The song exists with urgency and a tempered rage, relatable in its subject matter but powered by the very real, very raw passion of As Times Fades’ wildly talented members, each putting their all into this catchy, short-lived anthem.