2003 – The X Heart (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Not all music has to be looking to the future, creating new genres, forging ahead into sonic pastures new, it can be just as much fun to look back sometimes, visit past glories, get a bit misty-eyed and nostalgic. And that is exactly what The X Heart do with their debut track, 2003. And of course, the clue is in the title.

The lockdown and isolation of the Covid era meant that they, like many people, found themselves with time on their hands and so as everyone else was watch too much TV and arguing on Facebook, they took a more creative path and started making music. Rather than looking to what might be, they glanced back at what already was, took a page out of the pop-punk playbook and have delivered a fun and infectious track in that mould.

They wear their influences openly on their sleeves, it’s a world where the likes of New Found Glory, Green Day and Sum 41 rule the roost, but why not, those were fun times, so let’s do it all again. And if you were too young to be there first time around, just form your own band and use it as a sonic time machine. What’s the worst that can happen?

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