The Midnight Society
Michigan Boys Need to Get a Clue
Chicago is Cliche
Geography, Vonnegut, & Me,
When We Stand On Each Other We Block Out The Sun,
I Was Born In A Legion Hall
X’s On Trees
I Locked My Time Capsule
The Wild Bunch
Gospel. It’s a love letter to summer, nostalgia, friends, and impending adulthood but it never comes off as trite or “gushy.” It’s sincere and hopeful in the face of uncertainty and change.
Also it’s catchy and nuanced and delicately arranged and indie and pop-punk/rock and it feels unique and wonderful and adjective-y.
What pop punk lacks in technicality, it makes up for in heart. Most pop punk bands aren’t trying to philosophize or reflect on life; they just want to serve as the soundtrack to your life by providing ground-level anthems about relationships, bros, and hometowns.
What separates Fireworks is that they take these conventional topics and blow them apart.
Lyrically, Fireworks don’t stray too far from the mold. Many of their songs are definitely about relationships (I Was Born In A Legion Hall), bros (when we stand) and hometowns (detroit,) ** but they do it in a way that’s feels a lot like suburban poetry. They’re not like the wonder years, who come at you with straight-forward, accessible anthems about not fitting in at college and battling depression. Fireworks are going to tell you how they feel, but they’re going to be subtle about it. They’re going to reign back a little bit and drop some slick metaphors and sweet one-liners to tell their stories.
(**Nostalgia also seems to be a big theme across all their work*)
Musically, they’re pretty much your average pop-punk band taken up a notch on later albums.
On their first album, All We Have To Offer, they had a bit of a one-track style with guitar parts you’d expect from a p-punk band, along with gang chants and nostalgia-inducing guitar melodies.
On subsequent albums/eps, they’ll come to broaden their sound and explore their song writing palette a lot more.
"So I stopped running, started walking instead
It was all in my head
Nothing’s against me
This war was more civil, I realized
I had to, secede from both sides”~Arrows
"I’m not counting the greys on my head
I’m calling them silver linings instead”~Summer
"My friends and I still get off on making no sense at all
We’ll start having to cope with the fact that
All these words that make no sense will be the best I’ve ever said
They make sense in my head”~2093 Monroe Street