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Driven by bold hooks and harmonic riffs, the Buffalo trio Del Paxton make heartfelt punchy emo reminiscent of the melodic sensibilities of the mid-90’s. Their latest are a set of singles teeming with the exuberance and excitement of being young, alive, and earnest. The lead single, “September” is an ode to camping in the Adirondacks, evoking vintage emo and punk nostalgia, while lyrically channelling an anti-nostalgic balm for living in the moment. Reflections on long-term friendships shine through call-and-response vocals that echo euphorically over dexterous rhythms and crunchy start-stop melodies. With their overdriven choruses of diaristic contemplation, Del Paxton’s thoughtful ruminations stir up the passions of prolonged youth and the challenges of holding onto friends you could never let go.
Get familiar with Del Paxton:
Buffalo, New York’s Del Paxton released their first EP, Worst. Summer. Ever., in August of 2013. During that time the band played their worst shows and wrote their worst songs, but became the very best of bad friends. Many bands in the ever fickle pop-punk or emo genre tend to tout their pureness of heartbreak, but not Del Paxton. Less weathered bands perform with the fresh optimism of the first winter snow. Del Paxton is the gritty morning commute.
The latest release from the Buffalo trio is a set of three singles that takes their well-earned reputation for precision songwriting and slowly warms it over a campfire. Campfire cooking by its virtue is small in portion but large in reward. You’ve packed in the perfect ingredients, gathered the wood, swore out loud to yourself, and eventually decided it was time to eat. It’s the best meal you’ve had in some time. You think about your Dad, you think about your ex, you think about your cat. It’s been a few years since the last Del Paxton release, but don’t worry, you’re better now and so are they. Enjoy your summer.
Words by Joe McGrath