Pop-Punk Rocker, Dylan Swinson, Offers A Tell-All Angsty EP
When Dylan Swinson was young, he learned how to play guitar after being inspired by his mother's old CDs. He went on to follow his dream of music, penning his own teenage tunes as a high school freshman then recording his first EP right out of college. A few months ago, Dylan released Prove 'Em Wrong, Kid, his second EP. Through four songs, he channels classic pop-punk acts with a confessional songwriting style and heavy alt-rock rhythms.
Prove 'Em Wrong, Kid opens with "This Crazy World," a high-powered angsty anthem. Dylan's voice is impressive, howling with urgency at times and delivering a cool croon at others, all while layers of percussion pound and electric beats pulse atop the vocal line. Next is "Playing For Keeps," a radio-friendly pop-punk track with a catchy hook and expert instrumental transitions. The song begins with a shimmering drum line and a sparkling acoustic guitar strum before Dylan's passionate voice comes in reminding us that "we've only got one shot to make this dream come true," followed by an onslaught of rock rhythms taking over like a wave. The halfway point of the EP is "The Starting Point Of Our Careers," a wild and quintessential 2000s-esque alt-rock tune. The track combines all our favorite elements from boy bands like Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard -- huge explosions of percussion-based arrangements, distant warbling vocals, and lyrics worthy of scribbling in the back of your textbooks -- and rings with dance potential during late night road trips with your best friends. Prove 'Em Wrong, Kid ends with "Confessions Of A Wannabe Dream Brother," an acoustic-led track that spotlights Dylan's intense lyrics like "you have eternal life in the hearts of the haunted" as he wails an emotional performance over growing electric rhythms by the end of the song.
Dylan Swinson's EP Prove 'Em Wrong, Kid is an epic collection of anthemic emotion. His versatile vocals develop and mature through each track, he has some standout lyrics that are both wowing and relatable, and he has a serious ear for instrumental arrangement. The final result is four songs of tell-all tales about ambition, told through fiery rhythms and sing-along hooks.
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