All through his profession, KennyHoopla has teamed up with many different artists within the alternative music scene, together with nothing,nowhere., JUDGE and the Neighbourhood’s Jesse Rutherford. To not point out he collabed with blink-182’s Travis Barker on his songs “estella//” and “hollywood sucks//.” However with the discharge of his latest mission, SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE//, Kenny places himself and his artwork on the forefront.
Rising to recognition partially as a result of his distinctive but nostalgic endeavors in pop punk, Kenny emphasizes that his biggest ability lies in making rock music in its purest type. From the gritty sounds of “within heaven’s mouth, there’s a candy tooth//” to the mellow opening of “9-5 (love me)//,” the eight-track mission additional solidifies Kenny’s well-deserved place in various music.
“silence can also be a solution//” opens the mixtape with a creepy, ethereal instrumental earlier than kicking right into a head-banging beat, which Kenny has develop into considerably synonymous with. With a quip about Ferris Bueller, the tune highlights Kenny’s hovering vocals. The monitor abruptly slows down, teasing that it may very well be the top earlier than drumstick faucets pull us again into the exhausting guitar riffs of the refrain. Then the monitor lastly ends with an echoey aspect much like the start.
Subsequent comes “estella//,” a monitor initially launched final November that spent an exhilarating 24 weeks on Billboard’s Alternative Airplay chart. That alone justifies why this explosive, punk-rock-influenced tune needs to be on all your playlists. The sharp sound in “estella//” places a brand new spin on the pop-punk and rock genres whereas instilling simply sufficient old-school familiarity, making it as addicting to take heed to as all these traditional 2000s various songs.
Following the mission’s lead single is “flip again time//.” It sees Kenny questioning what would occur if he may return into the previous and confront issues that he didn’t the primary time (“Sooner or later I’ll be so well-known, I’ll present them”). Beginning off mellow with softer vocals within the verses, the tune shortly elevates into Kenny’s signature sound within the refrain. The presence of shimmery keys provides components of the tune a extra dreamy really feel than the more durable guitar rock riff sections. As Kenny labored with Barker on the creation of the mixtape, it’s no shock you could hear the affect of blink-182’s sound in lots of the songs, together with “flip again time//.”
Positioned in the course of the tracklist, the titular “survivors guilt” brings collectively the primary and second halves of the mission. It reveals one more rock aspect of Kenny’s artistry that includes screaming and soft-talking on prime of an intense beat. The scratchy vocals paired with the head-banging instrumentals are a welcome however brief addition to the mixtape. Certainly, the tune solely clocks in at simply over two minutes—although a lot of the songs on the mission are beneath or round two-and-a-half minutes.
“hollywood sucks//” is one other single that was launched earlier this 12 months. A commentary on poisonous Los Angeles tradition, “hollywood sucks//” is without doubt one of the extra lighthearted songs on the mixtape. At its core, it’s a carefree monitor mirroring Kenny’s view on life: simply have enjoyable and don’t take issues too critically. In distinction, the subsequent tune, “within heaven’s mouth, there’s a candy tooth//,” is far heavier and stuffed to the brim with uncooked emotion. The instrumentals, whereas nonetheless essential, take a serious backseat to Kenny’s passionate vocals, which shine by means of in each regard.
Rounding out the mixtape is “smoke break//” and “9-5 (love me)//.” With extra nostalgic pop-punk influences, “smoke break//” showcases a smoother aspect of Kenny’s sound, with hovering vocals. In case you pay attention intently, you too can hear a reference to the COVID-19 pandemic (“I put on a masks not ‘trigger the virus/Simply don’t like what’s behind it”).
Closing the album is “9-5,” which is barely two-and-a-half minutes lengthy. Regardless, it spends the primary minute slowly increase. Kenny sings traces similar to “So don’t say you’re in love, so put your cash the place your mouth is” because the monitor begins sonically like a ballad. Then, proper on the minute mark, it kicks into his signature sound, with rock guitar riffs and fervent drumming. After that, it reverts into one other sluggish part earlier than increase once more. This time you’ll be able to hear the presence of strings. That new layer provides extra depth to the tune and continues to showcase Kenny’s dynamic rock capabilities, one thing the mixtape as a complete emphasizes all through.