Alternative Pop-Punk Review: Bristol To Memory-Animus

Release Date: February 12, 2014
Label: FPP Music

Bristol To Memory, an Alternative Pop-Punk band, has been established in the LA music scene since to 2005. Hailing from Santa Ana, California they are recording and touring veterans

Rory O’Connell (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Alex Buster (drums, percussion, vocals), Kealan O’Connell (bass, vocals) and Ken Aquino (guitar, vocals) make up the current lineup. Although Rory handles the lead vocal duties everyone in the band sings and contributes their parts besides providing the spot on instrumentation.

With Animus, their fourth proper release, the band takes all of that experience and packs it into 7 tracks of high energy power pop and punk. “It'll Happen Or It Won't” comes flying out the starting gate setting the fast paced tempo of this recording. Not until “Get A Grip” do things slow down to show the diversity the band can offer. The vocals on the slower acoustic led track reminded me of R.E.M. quite a bit. “Weekends” returns to “the pedal to the metal” party atmosphere this band is so good at providing.

There is a definite formula to the music of Bristol To Memory and it works. With 10 years of experience under their belt this band sounds seasoned and ready to rock at the drop of a hat. In today’s music world 7 tracks is a shade over what an EP would hold but it gets the job done showing off the true colors of the band. This is just enough to whet your appetite for more, good thinking guys!

Animus does not break any new ground but what you get is straightforward rock and sometimes that is all you want or need to get your motor running. If that is what you are looking for, give Bristol To Memory a shot at providing the fuel you need to get started.

 4/5 Stars

1. It'll Happen Or It Won't
2. Don't Hold Back Baby
3. Bitch Please
4. Get A Grip
5. Weekends
6. It's In My Head
7. It's OK


Key Tracks: It'll Happen Or It Won't, Get A Grip

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Write A Music Review Founder

August 5, 2014

Review Provided By Write A Music Review


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