"'Aware' manages to stand on its own two feet thanks to the strength of the songwriting within..."
Pure Noise have a habit of picking ludicrously talented acts out of relative obscurity and giving them a chance, and the story’s no different with Jake Mcelfresh aka Front Porch Step. ‘Aware’ is the Ohio native’s first full-length, and it’s a strictly acoustic affair. While that’s perhaps off-putting for some, it manages to stand on its own two feet thanks to the strength of the songwriting within. Marrying cute, awkward lyrics about unrequited love with unarguable hooks, the likes of ‘If I Tremble’ and ‘Drown’ paint Mcelfresh as a new age Jesse Lacey or Chris Carrabba, albeit with bigger balls.