American High have accomplished something really cool with their new album ‘U.N. Article 14.’ With a blend somewhere in between the genres of punk and indie/alternative rock they are making a statement. The album speaks out on social injustice, but if you don’t listen close you may miss it. It’s this fact that makes this album unique each song is versatile in the fact that you can be swept away by a catchy tune, but then upon examination realize the depth and timely issues being exposed through its well thought out lyrics.
The first clue to the tone of the project is in the album title itself being ‘U.N. Article 14′ which is included in the “Universal Declaration of Human Right.” This article references the subject of seeking asylum from persecution in another country. American High become story tellers in track seven ‘U.N. Article 14’. The story they are telling of humans trying to escape an unfavorable situation and find safety and freedom. Again they do this in a tactful yet discreet way where you easily get lost in the tune of the song, then go back and appreciate the deep meaning it has.
Not all of the tracks are about social issues as Second Sister start the record off strong with a fun catchy tune with crashing drums and a strong guitar solo. Fairfield, CA paints the picture of a missed shot at love and vulnerable thoughts throughout. 1.17.61. will make you think of your own life, and the people in it. All really rounding out the album in a positive way.
The most notable thing of this album is while addressing current events American High does it in a way that will hold up years down the line. The impact of the lyrics will apply as time goes on, there aren’t names mentioned, no specifics that will expire with time.
While that is a positive of their writing, it is a negative of society that this type of discrimination may still apply down the road. This is exhibited in the fact that the article referenced in the title of the album comes from the World War 2 era. But with that being said that is what makes this an album people need to hear. American High attempts to make a social impact in a way that is well done that it does not come across forced. The more you hear the tracks of the music the more you learn, the more you think, and I applaud American High for that.