1. Break Up Break Down
2. Tonight’s The Night
3. Take You Home
4. Cold Spell
6. How Could You?
Honor Society is a pop band from Rockland, NY. Their influences come from a wide range of genres. They are definitely a band who bring back the alternative pop. Throw acts like Beach Boys, Justin Timberlake, Van Halen, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bee Gees, Aerosmith and many others on a big pile, mix it through a blender and put an alternative pop filter on it, and guess what, you get Honor Society. You can hear they enjoy playing their songs and they bring you this convincing EP with addictive songs on it.
Break Up Break Down The EP probably starts out with the song that has the most potential to get the word out for this band. Break Up Break Down has a very catchy rhythm and you can’t help yourself from singing along to it, even the first time you hear it. Lyrically it is not the most original song, but the lyrics are easy to connect with, cause everyone goes through ups and downs and in any relationship there are ups and downs, and Honor Society addresses to the people who identify with those struggles. This song would be an ultimate single in the pop genre and Break Up Break Down could be a breakthrough for Honor Society.
Tonight’s The Night With a Justin Timberlake-like intro this song hits off a little more alternative than the opener of the EP. The instrumentals are a little less poppy and the song has a groovy rhythm that is very danceable. But after listening to this song you can picture this band opening up for acts like Justin Timberlake, Madonna, & even more mainstream pop/rock acts like Hanson (they actually already opened for them once), Jesse McCartney, James Blunt, Natasha Bedingfield, & Daniel Powter. And they would stand their ground, saying Tonight’s The Night.
Take You Home Take You Home, the 3rd track on the album is probably the track that convinces least. It is just as catchy as the other songs, but it just doesn’t convince as much. The lyrics aren’t as strong, it kind of lacks a climax. It is not a bad song, just average, especially compared to the excellent pop songs that Take You Home is surrounded by.
Cold SpellThis is an impressive song. Perhaps the best song on the EP. With a nice intro on the keyboard, this song starts off a little mysteriously. And the vocals slowly build up a momentum, with a subtle guidance of the guitars. I’m really impressed by the quality of the vocals on this song, as this is an extremely hard-to-sing song. It is less up-tempo than the previous songs, so it might lean a little more towards a pop ballad, but it’s not really just that. It’s a little too up-tempo for that. Lyrically this is probably the best and most open song on the EP as well. It shows this is not just another band in the genre, but it is a band with real quality and a band that, if given a chance, could reach a mega audience.
Stumblin’ What I said for Tonight’s The Night, that it shows this band can compete with some of the best known pop acts of today, is also true for Stumblin’. It’s more laid-back, but it shows some great vocals and infectious pop melodies. At times it has a little haunting sound which suits this song perfectly.
How Could You? Let me complete the question. How Could You make this EP so short? We need more songs. I’m not really into this kind of pop music very much, but Honor Society is an exception that draws me in. There’s more pop than what’s on the mainstream radio these days. There are actually talented bands that bring you alternative pop fit for mainstream radio and they actually make the music themselves. They are genuine and real. And they make catchy, addictive songs that stick in your head. How could you is a song that reminds me of the alternative rock band Welbilt. Just very ‘poppified’. And it is really a good song. No doubt about that.
Honor Society delivers a solid debut EP. The Green Light EP is a must have for fans of Justin Timberlake, Natasha Bedingfield, Michael Jackson, & fans of Hanson, Jesse McCartney, Edwin McCain, & Train will, though they might find it too poppy, also find a lot of things in Honor Society’s music that will appeal to them. It’s not your standard straight-forward pop band. Not at all. And when you see them live, they put on a rock show with pop music. They like to say they put the rock back in pop. And I would like to whole-heartedly agree.