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Review by Emillie Marvel | March 11, 2016 at 6:55 PM

“Now the book keeps moving forward, and I’m always stuck one page behind.”

Loud & Sad isn’t an understatement when it comes to California’s Movements. The young band has channeled pop punk distress into their emo-tastic latest EP, Outgrown Things; sounds that would find a better home under Seattle’s clouds than Orange County’s sunshine.

Kicking off the collection is “Kept”, a super hybrid that Taking Back Sunday, La Dispute, and Acceptance would all be proud to call their own. The song sets the atmosphere for the rest of the life deprecating album, and includes what will soon be everyone’s tumblr bio, “Give me something to believe in, I’ll give you something to forget.”

The band seems to be good at the balancing act, with each song bringing to mind the techniques of emo, pop punk, and rock, sometimes within the same thirty seconds. “Vacant Home”, the best offering on the album, is home to radio rock hooks, spoken word vocals, and grating screams. Never abrasive for too long, however, it quickly rolls into a head-bangable beat while delivering lines like “I’m trying to be good, I’m trying to be safe”.

Movements has crafted a sound that’ll appeal to the angst-ridden sixteen year old and the fear-driven twenty year old in everyone.

Buy It, Stream It, or Skip It?: Buy it! You won’t outgrow Outgrown Things. Once you hit play, it’ll be your pal for life.

Check out the band’s brand new music video for “Worst Wishes” here!
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