Review by Sibel Kutlucan
Heroes For Hire have delivered again with a third full length album, No Apologies, which holds its ground as a great pop punk album.
No Apologies is enthralling and contagious, and is bound to appeal to many. Though a little bias, having liked most of Heroes For Hire’s music previously, it’s great to have a fantastic pop punk band representing Australia, and No Apologies has delivered such a fantastic pop punk album to make us proud.
No Apologies as a whole was a treat; the tracks were carefully planned, well executed and produced beautifully by Paul Leavitt in Baltimore, USA, who had previously worked with them on Take One For The Team (2011) and also with the likes of All Time Low, Senses Fail and Circa Survive. Each of the 12 tracks worked together to hold listeners throughout, with catchy hooks, powerful vocals highlighting both Brad Smith and Duane Hazell and with cameos from Jeff Todd from I Call Fives and Roger Lima from Less Than Jake, No Apologies is just another success for Heroes For Hire after such a huge year.
The namesake of the album, and track three, “No Apologies”, is a gem of a track. With all the elements of an infectious pop punk song, it is reminiscent of the likes of Yellowcard and All Time Low and features one of the best choruses the Sydney boys have produced. Another favourite of the album was “Off With Their Heads”, with a nod to Alice in Wonderland in the lyrics and energetic riffs makes it a clear standout.
“Face Without a Name” was another standout for me and the cameo from Roger Lima was a great touch on a well constructed song that like all the other songs on the album is unique from the track before it, but still works together.
If you love pop punk you will love No Apologies. Heroes For Hire are constantly delivering stronger albums each year and have definitely cemented their place in pop punk music, not just in Australia but internationally.
Definitely worth a listen, you will not be disappointed.