REVIEW: BoyMeetsWorld – ‘Become Someone’


It’s always interesting to me when I hear a band’s debut full-length. No matter how many of their EPs I listen to, the debut full-length always feels like hearing a new band for the first time…and it always makes me nervous. BoyMeetsWorld quickly push that fear away with their new album, Become Someone. The band manage to keep their familiar, fun sound, all the while showcasing fresh songs with skill.

Many tracks on the album beg to be heard at Warped Tour, which is lucky for the band, who will be debuting these songs on the Warped Tour this summer. “Feel It In The Air”  is an anthemic, pop-punk summer jam, with a strong introduction that sets the tone of the album. It’s admittedly similar to early-All Time Low, and sometimes even Simple Plan (“Moving On”), especially in some of its more melodic moments, but still has that BoyMeetsWorld originality that was so apparent on their earlier releases; they still don’t shy away from their pop-punk roots (“Still I Think,” “Rest Of Our Days”), and manage to continually pull off the “Peter-Pan-Never-Grow-Up” attitude. Brad Sulken on bass certainly adds that mosh-worthy element that creeps into the tracks.

“So In What?” reminds me of the days where my earbuds were permanently in my ears, and my iPod was glued to my hip. Craig Sulken utilizes more vocal play on this track; seems to capture young love pretty well, when “everything is going to work out.” There is more of a narrative, which definitely adds to the appeal of the track, and works well with the fantastic guitar solo that deserves every bit of praise, in fact, Andy Richter and Drew Thomason amp up the energy on this song brilliantly. “So In What? (Acoustic Bonus Track)” offers a completely different, softer side to the song, which makes the lyrics stand out for how beautifully they actually are, especially alongside the harmonies. The emotion of each line just becomes so much more poignant. You can hear that same quality on the minstrel-esque ballad of the album, “You I Belong To,” a surprise with brilliant melodics and rich instrumentals.

“Best You’ve Ever Had” is catchy, but jaded as hell; a commentary on the games that people tend to play in love, with an acoustic breakdown that really catapults the track into a great, energetic place when it comes back. Unrequited love at its finest; where was this song when I was in high school? “All Or Nothing” seems to explore a hardcore sound to start; definitely a moshercise track. It seems to be a romance turned sour; a bitter, “you screwed this up, now piss off,” anthem. Ryan Sulken shines on this track, helping to round out the group dynamic and set the back drop for the jaded track.

With the stunning “Interlude” track, the album’s title track, “Become Someone,” was set up for success. The song keeps up the high energy of the album, while adding more melodic moments. The band have perfectly captures the attitude of every “twentysomething” in today’s society. Much like “Where This Road Leads,” the track encourages listeners to take risks to become someone; lay it all on the line, all the while acknowledging the doubts and fears in every person, especially when a dream seems close yet nothing’s moving fast enough. “Become Someone” is probably one of the best tracks on the album, with powerful lyrics and vocals, and raw emotion behind every line, feeding beautifully into the acoustic breakdown. “Wake me from this nightmare, lately, I’ve been doubting myself, I’ve been doubting my whole life […] the best is yet to come, when will I become someone?[…]” Let’s just put this on repeat.

Become Someone, BoyMeetsWorld’s debut full-length, will be released on June 16th. Click HERE for more on the band, and check out their tour dates below:

BoyMeetsWorld Tour Dates:

June 12 | Cincinnati, OH | Bogart’s: Album Release Show & Warped Tour Send-Off Party

2015 VANS Warped Tour Dates (Playing every date)

June 19 | Pomona, CA Pomona | Fairplex
June 20 | Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 21 | Ventura, CA | Seaside Park Ventura County Fairgrounds
June 23 | Mesa, AZ | Quail Run Park
June 24 | Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Amphitheater
June 25 | Oklahoma City, OK | Zoo Amphitheater
June 26 | Houston, TX | Reliant Park Main Street Lot
June 27 | Dallas, TX | Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 28 | San Antonio, TX | AT&T Center

July 01 | Nashville, TN | Tennessee State Fairgrounds
July 02 | Atlanta, GA | Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 03 | St. Petersburg, FL | Vinoy Park
July 04 | West Palm Beach, FL | Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 05 | Orlando, FL | Tinker Field
July 07 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion
July 08 | Virginia Beach, VA | Farm Bureau Live
July 09 | Pittsburgh, PA | First Niagara Pavilion
July 10 | Camden, NJ | Susquehanna Bank Center
July 11 | Wantagh, NY | Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 12 | Hartford, CT | Xfinity Theatre
July 14 | Mansfield, MA | Xfinity Center
July 15 | Darien Center, NY | Darien Lake PAC
July 16 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center
July 17 | Toronto, ON | Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 18 | Columbia, MD | Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 19 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center
July 21 | Scranton, PA | The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 23 | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | Blossom Music Center
July 24 | Detroit, MI | The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 25 | Chicago, IL | First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
July 26 | Shakopee, MN | Canterbury Park
July 27 | Maryland Heights, MO | Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 28 | Milwaukee, WI | Marcus Amphitheatre
July 29 | Noblesville, IN | Klipsch Music Center
July 30 | Bonner Springs, KS | Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

August 01 | Salt Lake City, UT | Utah State Fairpark
August 02 | Denver, CO | The Pepsi Center
August 05 | San Diego, CA | Qualcomm Stadium
August 07 | Portland, OR | Portland Expo Center
August 08 | Auburn, WA | White River Amphitheater

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One thought on “REVIEW: BoyMeetsWorld – ‘Become Someone’

  1. […] “The band manage to keep their familiar, fun sound, all the while showcasing fresh songs with skill…Let’s just put this on repeat.” -Liv Sinister, Planet Stereo […]

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