November 13, 2016

Press about The Callouts from Providence, RI

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The Callouts – Check Your Friends (75orLess Records)

It has been a few years since the demise of local pop-punk stalwarts The Jesse Minute. From those ashes we now have The Callouts with Missa Hills on vocals and guitarists Drew Safs and Mike Grillo from The Jesse Minute joining forces with local master beat master Dan Ulmschneider and David on bass. The Callouts’ debut, Check Your Friends comes firing out of the cannon with a blast of pop-punk with cuts like “Blue Letter” and the anthemic “Go All Out.” The combination of Hills’ sugary vocals and the loud guitars over a fast backbeat make comparisons to The Jesse Minute inevitable as Check Your Friends does start out like the band’s lost album. The more one dives into Check Your Friends the more The Callouts start to break free from the sound of their former band. Cuts like “Cannonball” and my favorite cut “Nothing Left” remind me more of a lost Letter to Cleo track than The Jesse Minute. The Callouts really start to drop the hammer on tracks like “Partly Not” and “We Were Kids,” which have a heavier rock ‘n’ roll thump, almost in the in the vein of Foo Fighters hooks. On Check Your Friends, The Callouts succeed in avoiding the trappings of being The Jesse Minute part 2 to expand into the future.

The Callouts’ CD release show for Check Your Friends with The Scandals, Zero Holds, and Ask The Dead rocks Dusk in Providence on October 21.

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The Callouts – Check Your Friends (75orLess Records)

The Callouts are a Providence, RI based band that combines searing guitars with a diverse rhythm section and the sugary pipes of Providence veteran Missa Hills. Their first release “check your friends” is an alternative/pop-punk extravaganza. The album offers something for everyone including heavier tracks like “We Were Kids” and “What Is It For”, as well as the pop-punk vibe on songs like “Blue Letter” and the short but sweet “Partly Not”. The Callouts live shows are a high energy replica of this album and they’ll have you singing along and coming back for more.