by Brittany Oblak, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Growing Up is Killing Me, the sophomore release from Georgia power pop-punk quartet Veara, is definitely a step in a bit of a different direction from their 2010 release What We Left Behind. This certainly could have been helped by the change in producers from the first to second album — Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember produced their debut release, whereas Dan Korneff, the man responsible for new releases from bands like Tonight Alive, Sleeping With Sirens, and Mayday Parade, took the reins on this release. Perhaps the change in production helped shed some of the band’s long-time comparisons to the likes of A Day To Remember: however, when this album moves away from that sound, it still soaks in the resonance of what could be considered generic pop-punk.
The title track off the album features the band’s obvious catchy chords and Hit The Lights-esque vocal delivery, and boasts some sweet guest vocals from The Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell. However, like a lot of this album, some of the listenability of this song is drenched in elementary lyrical metaphors such as, “Hearts change minds like the time of day.”
The poor metaphor usage continues in the song “Fake Blood” (“I’ve been there all along like every note to every song”), accompanied by what sound like completely misplaced screaming. Instrumentally, this song is more appealing, especially from Veara’s rhythm section. It is still extremely reminiscent, however, of its pop-punk predecessors.