For starters, see how many of those bands can honestly say they have an intellectual side. About the Pasadena-based band’s latest album, Wishes of the Subconscious, lead singer Mikey Sabs says, "The whole album is about dreams. Every different song I wrote after a dream I had, or an idea I had about something."
Creating the thinking man’s pop punk, Limitpoint uses its upbeat style to tackle meaningful subjects as opposed to just filling in the " (some girl’s name) broke my heart and now I’m (depressing verb) to get them back" blanks of the emo Mad Lib for lyrics. Quite to the contrary, claims Sabs.
"I try to stay away from the girl thing, not because I want to be different, but because I’m over it. I’ve written too much about girls," reveals Sabs. "I don’t care what they think anymore! I’d rather write about being a part of the family I have." Describing his band’s sound, Sabs says, "If the Foo Fighters and Green Day had a kid that that was Saves the Day, and they were a family unit and had Sunday breakfast – that’s us."
First conceptualized in 1999 by cousins Sabs and Shaw, they soon faced a lineup change that resulted in the loss of their original drummer and guitarist. In 2003, Sabs and Shaw were introduced to replacements Brooke Deloach to handle guitars and Eric Ehlers to take over drums. "It’s kind of a rebirth of Limitpoint," says Sabs, "We don’t play any of the old songs anymore, just the new stuff."
Though they’re living in the present, Limitpoint surely doesn’t have a past to scoff at, having played with such bands as Yellowcard and Taking Back Sunday, along with a stint of dates on the Warped Tour. "It’s the best and worst tour I’ve ever been on," says Sabs on the Warped experience. "It’s the best because of all the promotion you get and bands you see.
"The hardest thing is all the traveling. And I don’t like being dirty. I can be greasy because I’m Italian, but not dirty," Sabs says with a glint of smile.
So back to the question: Why should you care about Limitpoint? Even if they’re not exactly splitting figurative atoms in rock, Sabs says, "I think our music’s very relatable to people. Like dreams, family, friends." Taking pause, he adds, "And we’re all kind of dorks. We are cool, but we’re cool in a dorky way."
Wishes of the Subconscious is currently available. For more information, visit limitpoint.net.