Make Better Choices
Make Better Choices is the final release of Pittsburgh emo punk band Skull Kid (2013-2017). The four songs are some of the band’s most realized and crisp recordings to date and are an excellent swan song for a band with a fervent following.
The EP begins with “Dark Magician Girl,” a bouncing number with a melancholy undertone. It sets the vibe for a record full of bittersweet energy.
“Motion Sickness” is a swirling number that teeters between gentle longing and desperate ache. “I don’t want to think about things that she’ll never say,” is nearly whispered before the singer breaks into a gritty shout. The song balances its moments of softness artfully with its moments of loud, strained hurt, before giving way to “If We Get Cornered,” which becomes completely unhinged.
“We Built This Life,” sung by guitarist Chloe Hodgkins, is a tender love song, whether to a self or a partner is not clear. The dreamy, twinkly riffs and heartfelt vocals and lyrics make it the perfect send-off for a band that’s worn its heart on its sleeve from its first release to the last.
For Fans Of: The Hotelier, Midwestern emo, Silversun Pickups