Aurora – Fairweather EP (2012)

Aurora is a four-piece pop punk band from Massachusetts. Their debut EP entitled Fairweather was released on October 12th and it is available as “name your price” on Bandcamp. The EP is twelve minutes long; just enough time to give us a nice glimpse of what Aurora is capable of.

The first thing that I noticed when listening to Fairweather is that the vocals are pretty high-pitched but they sound good. That should come as no surprise to most pop punk fans, however, Aurora’s vocals seem much more high-pitched than the majority of other bands in this genre. It’s not all smooth sailing, though. There are times when the vocals are iffy. For example, at the beginning of the third track, “One More Night”, and a few times on “The North Star Narratives”, the vocals sound a little bit off key or pitch corrected.

The instrumental aspect of Fairweather is fairly standard for pop punk, but it’s solid for the first three tracks. After a few decent pop punk songs, we’re greeted by the EP closer which is also the strongest track. Instrumentally, “Little Traps” is very similar to Citizen. The vocals are executed very well on “Little Traps”, and that with the combination of the Citizen-like instrumentals is what makes it my favourite track on the EP.

Aurora is still a new band so they have more than enough time to mature and I’m sure they will. If they want to make it in this scene, they’re going to have to improve on a few things. With that being said, if “Little Traps” is any indication of their true potential, they have a good chance of pleasing quite a few pop punk fans. 3-3057603

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By Steven Pongrac ~ Me Gusta Reviews