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  • Kaiana Lee

Review: "I Hate July" - Mackenzie

The pop-punk resurrection is upon us, musicians all across the pop genre are dipping their toes into edgier waters. These artists are daring to deviate from their traditional pop sound and drop pop punk or even rock records. Mackenzie is an artist that embodies this genre. Her sound is so deeply pop rock. Her music is intense and cathartic to listen to. She describes Her new track as a scream-in-the-car anthem. This is not an exaggeration. Mackenzie is rising to the top with this powerful break-up anthem. I hate July is a track fueled by the unmitigated angst of a scorned teen. An Avril-type instrumental that pulls this entire track into the iconic pop-punk territory.

I Hate July masterfully creates a full band soundscape that sweeps you into a concert typesetting. The energy never drops out of this song, the rises and falls are all so little that the punch of emotions is straight to the gut. The track is a catchy rager. I hate July digs deep into the feelings that come along with a shitty situation. The reminders that come every July that scratch at your spirit and put you right back in that awful place. The need to scream every word with your whole chest is irresistible. The guitars and drums blend perfectly in a sort of crisp but grunge way. The instrumental means nothing without Mackenzie’s sweet vocals juxtaposed with the heavy beat and sarcastic lyrics.

Mackenzie is a powerhouse of an artist. This UK-based artist has been featured on two BBC radio shows. Inspired by the sounds of Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Avril Lavigne while also influenced by her dads' music taste in classic rock; her sound is something raw and enjoyable. She has a way with words that is unmatched. Bleeding her heart out into the page in the most honest and cathartic way she knows how. She is making way for herself to be a new star. Mackenzie is creating alt-pop bangers that will leave you pressing repeat.

Written By Kaiana Lee



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