Chicago has a long rich and decorated musical history, especially in the rock and punk sphere. Having been through the ups and downs of being a DIY band for close to five years, 7 Minutes In Heaven look to step things up with their Rude Records debut – ‘Symmetry’.
Labelled as “alternative rock”, 7MIH stylistically border on the accessible pop-rock similar to that of the All Time Lows of this world. Power chords and soaring hooks dominate throughout with various results. ‘Better Off’ sets the tone early on, with playful piano keys giving way to a punchy chorus and some neat duel vocals from Timmy Rasmussen and bassist Alex Rogers. While ‘LOTL’ echoes early 2000s pop-punk with plucky guitars and a slick, explosive chorus. It’s clear 7MIH have honed their ability on writing energetic hooks in abundance.
Unfortunately, later cuts ‘Cellar Door’ and ‘Wishing Well’ don’t stray far from the template 7MIH have formed. Although the latter thrives on punk-fuelled drums, subtle angst and impressive vocals from Rasmussen, it comes too late in the EP to truly stand out.
Lyrically, Rasmussen has written six songs that radiate with positivity through its reflective nature. For example, the title track sees him singing “we needed something different but we’re too close to know the difference”. ’Sweetest Sin’ sees him admitting “I’m not a saint” with ‘Wishing Well’ questioning “where’s the progress?”
Admittedly, 7MIH don’t bring anything new to the genre, but given a few repeated plays, it’s easy to see how songs such as ‘LOTL’ and ‘Symmetry’ can quickly become infectious. Nevertheless, the Chicago quartet are going to have to grow out the shadow of their influences and produce a more unique sound to stand out.
‘Symmetry’ EP by 7 Minutes In Heaven is out now on Rude Records.
Words by Sêan Reid (@SeanReid86)