"It's a refreshing change to the style of music that's the trend right now, the really angry music," says Little of 12 Step Romance's sound. "It's catchy. It's just singing about everyday life."
And so when 12 Step Romance performs, you may find stark lyrical confessions accompanied by subtle melodic pop structures that give way to thrashing guitars.
The Bloodhound Gang's lead singer, Jimmy Pop Ali, reportedly is pushing for 12 Step Romance to get signed to the Vans Warped Tour when it comes to Philadelphia Aug. 9.
He cites contemporary influences such as Weezer, Alkaline Trio, Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World in shaping the group's sound, but he notes 12 Step Romance also draws from older favorites such as Johnny Cash, Ben Harper and Bob Marley.