Debut album “First World Problems“ by southern rock outfit Failure Anthem is a consistent and promising offer for the modern music scene. The band has a tested sound, with a flair of freshness to set them apart from other acts in the genre. The record delivers on the unspoken promise of the first single Paralyzed, which has delighted music fans for months. It opens on the title track which hooks your attention first with a reedy guitar riff, drawing you in until you’re hit by heavy percussion and the rough stylings of frontman JD. While the first few tracks punch you in the face with intensity and message alike, the band settles on a tightrope of driving instrumentals supplemented by the highly melodic quality of the vocals, leaving you enveloped by a satisfying balance of hard edges and soft support. The album features a couple of songs that could truly be called anthems, including Here For Good, objectively a love song which starts soft and slow allowing JD to show us how well he can croon, and rises to a swell that moves you to shout along. Standout track Carousel, driven by acoustic strumming and dominated by piano, features female vocals in a surprising but pleasant move in its simplicity and richness. The record closes on I Won’t Say Goodbye which mirrors the opening song in the way it slowly creeps up on you before slamming you with intensely driven energy and rough vocals- a classically heavy modern rock track. The symmetry is pleasing and the presentation of the album is well planned and works. With their touring schedule, including Carolina Rebellion this May, I expect this band to acquire an enthusiastic fan-base in the coming year.