Artist: Poster Wall
CD: Amplifier Habit
Home: Mesa, Arizona
Style: Rock

Quote: "Poster Wall shows us what emo sounds like when it grows up."

By Tiffany Razzano

On their latest EP, Amplifier Habit, pop-rock quartet Poster Wall shows us what emo sounds like when it grows up. The EP, though it at times verges on emo, manages to evade being defined as such because it features more mature songwriting and a tight but hook-laden sound one might hear on a Top 40 modern rock station.

The album opens with “Teenage Generation.” This upbeat tune features layered harmonizing vocals, a strong melody and tight songwriting. It’s followed by “Arizona,” an ode to the band’s home state. This song immediately brings to mind the Ataris, not at their most pop punk, but instead when they attempt slower songs that tone down the pop punk/emo feel of their music. The third song on the album, “Letter to the Universe,” featuring tight harmonies and a pop-rock sound, can be compared to Jimmy Eat World.

“Radio On” starts off slower than the other songs, but picks up with a catchy hook during the chorus. Loneliness is the theme of this song. The lead singer sings about being dumped by his girlfriend and how he turns to the radio to assuage his loneliness.

The next and standout track, “Springfield,” pays homage to Rick Springfield. The song references “Jessie’s Girl,” Springfield’s big hit, and is written with the feel of 80s power pop. The EP ends strongly with the fast-paced and melodically catchy “Did I Hurt You?”

Poster Wall should find a strong fan base in emo fans of a few years ago who are now looking for rock music with a similar, but more mature, sound.