7 Minutes In Heaven, a pop-punk trio, has been killing it in the world of unsigned bands. “Why aren’t they signed?” you ask. Well I’m not entirely sure. Let’s rewind a bit and give you a little history on the band. Timmy Rasmussen initially started 7 Minutes In Heaven as a solo gig in 2012. A couple years later, he decided to expand and added Alex Rogers and Justin Mondzak. Now that we know how the trio came about, we can jump right into their music.
Side Effects is the latest EP from the band, being released in December 2015. The band worked with Seth Henderson on the EP, who has worked with pop-punk bands like Knuckle Puck and Real Friends. The songs are easy to sing along to. In fact, it’s hard to not get these songs stuck in your head. “I need a little clarity // Can anybody out there here me?” was an instant stand out in “Ways I Shouldn’t Be,” the first track off of Side Effects. Once you hear this EP, you won’t even question how or why the band has 20,000+ likes on Facebook. The huge fan following for the unsigned band is a positive sign.
I’m not one who enjoys doing RIYL really, but it’s tough not to imagine these guys being the next All Time Low or even 5 Seconds of Summer. They have the big choruses and catchy hooks that could easily launch them into the mainstream. This is a band I’ll be keeping my eye on in 2016 as they flan to tour following this release and I suggest you do the same, too. Anyway, let’s go back to the songs. “Side Effects” reminded me of how much I love nice clean and crisp drums in a song. Nothing on this EP gets muddied up and it’s easy to hear each instrument in the songs. If you take a moment away from the lyrics, you can appreciate the musicianship of the band, along with the work of Seth Henderson, of course. Young pop-punk bands can learn a lot from 7 Minutes In Heaven, even though they themselves are young. If you need any more convincing to pay attention to this band, then just go listen to Side Effects in full on Soundcloud.
My name is Deanna Chapman. I run HiFi Noise and Wreck It Records from good ol’ Southern California. I also do some work for cumulus.fm from time to time. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @deeechap.