Glad to see the snow starting to melt, and hear the sounds of this kick-ass power pop trio from Washington state. Fortune 500 are a high energy melodic rock band and they are rightly advertised as a “remedy to bland radio rock and cloned pop/punk boy bands.” The opening track “Shake Me” does as advertised with buzzsaw riffs that blast out during the chorus. The next several tracks keep the energy going with a Weezer-Costello-Ramones whirlwind of chords and harmonies. Favorite tracks here include “Hat Trick” and the wild “Freestyle.”
And the band isn’t a one trick pony either, with a nice ska beat on “Sometimes” and the steady melodic march of “Daddy Is A War.” Fans of Harvey Danger, Everclear, and Green Day should also embrace this band heartily. “Liberated” is another gem, part Weezer and part Presidents of The USA with a catchy beat. The album’s tracks are thick with pop hooks and almost no filler is here, although the reggae “Detox” doesn’t quite fit. An impressive album that’s sure to gain attention and new fans. Listen to the whole album on Facebook.