Winter is right around the corner here up in the Northeast. Winter chills, it’s getting dark outside before 5pm, and everything just feels so much more moody. Richmond Virginia’s Hold Tight captures the mood perfectly on their latest I Always Leave But Never Say Goodbye.
If you’re not familiar with Hold Tight, they play incredibly catchy pop-punk with plenty of melodic hardcore influences (as seen on earlier releases such as Call The Zoo or their alter-ego hardcore split they did with Direct Hit) that would please any early Lifetime and early Saves The Day fan. After 2 years without really releasing any new music since their last full length Blizzard of 96, Hold Tight definitely expanded their sound a bit on I Always Leave But Never Say Goodbye.
With 6 songs clocking in around 13 minutes (compared to the 7 songs in 5 minutes of Call The Zoo), Hold Tight stays in the mid-tempo territory on this EP. Yet they still wear their melodic hardcore influences on their sleeves, blending it perfectly with pop-punk sensibilities on songs such as “Waterlogged” and “Reacting”.
The songs have an melancholy feeling about them, and that’s definitely reflected lyrically. On title and closing track “I Always Leave And Never Say Goodbye” they declare “and I know you hate who I used to be, at least you got something in common with me” while on “Reacting” the band even downplays the old optimism of their debut Can’t Take This Away shouting “We used to say can’t take this away, but I can still lose it.”
One of my favorite releases of the year and one of the best from Hold Tight, definitely pick this up if you’re a fan of melodic hardcore or pop-punk at all.