Tooth & Nail Records
Released June 19th 2012
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
I remember it like it was yesterday, going into my local best buy and picking up Children 18:3‘s debut, self-titled album on the shelves and shelling out the cash for their exorbitant pricing and being rewarded with an album that I didn’t stop replaying on my ipod for a month straight.
Then I had to wait for far too long for too long for their sophomore effort Rain’s A’ Comin‘ and somehow we’re already here at number three with On The Run. I feel like my baby was just in diapers and now she’s in kindergarten. At least she’s potty trained.
On to the music, the new Children 18:3 album starts off with a relief of any fear that the high energy punk rock band had changed their tone or tune, but with “Moment To Moment” the drum beats show us that they’re not going anywhere different any time soon while David Hostetter’s lyrics note “every choice before you was a challenge to succeed”.
If you were wondering if the dual vocal nature of the band would continue with Lee Marie Hostetter joining in, have no worry, as she quickly gets involved with “Bandits” and then takes the lead on “We’ll Never Say Goodbye”, a song clinging to the final days of Summer.
“What About Justice” is the most aggressive track on the album and it takes an honest look at trying to bring justice while having to overcome one’s own weaknesses. Compare that to possibly the band’s most fragile song to date in “Always On The Run”.
“Why Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” fits in well with an overall album theme that seems to show an understanding of the great need for strength and protection from God in a terrible world.
All in all, the latest release from Children 18:3 is a great blend of gritty punk rock with pop sensibilities and one of the very few left in the genre, so be sure to drink it up!
- Moment To Moment
- We’ll Never Say Goodbye
- What About Justice?
- Always On The Run
- I Tried To Do The Right Thing
- Holding On
- Why Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
- Nowhere To Run
- All In Your Head