Wednesday, 19 August 2015

River Jumpers | Interview


Brighton band, River Jumpers, are back with a new line-up and a new self titled EP. After the release of the new video for their track Peaks and Troughs, we quizzed vocalist Nick about the new EP, his favourite thing about Brighton and their upcoming shows.

COULD YOU KINDLY STATE WHAT YOU DO IN RIVER JUMPERS...
My name is Nick and I sing in River Jumpers.
YOU RECENTLY RELEASED YOUR SELF TITLED EP, TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT...
It's five songs, we recorded at the ranch in Southampton and it's the last recordings as a four piece. It's kind of a little heavier and more experimental than the last release and a nice sounding stop gap before album number two. It has a sea monster on it.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM THE EP AND WHY?
For me it's Greys Sports Almanac as it represents what River Jumpers do best. It blends a mix of stuff into a kind of musical journey.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ARTWORK?
We gave the reigns to our guitarist at the time and he took it to a friend of his and when it came back we had a sea monster.
YOU ALSO RELEASED A VIDEO FOR PEAKS AND TROUGHS, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH HE VIDEO IDEA?
Our long time collaborator Craig of High Tides came up with the idea and made it happen. He's a solid guy and I ended up eating beans from a tin. Ha.
YOU'RE PLAYING SOME SHOWS IN AUGUST, IS THERE ANY PLACES YOU'RE PARTICULARLY EXCITED TO GO?
Looking forward to the long haul up to Aberdeen as we have not been there for a couple of years.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING FROM BRIGHTON?
Living by the sea and Grubs veggie burgers.
WHAT ARE RIVER JUMPERS' PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
Tour in August and October and a few big shows with random hand and to try and have all the fun and record a new album.


Check out River Jumpers' self titled EP below:



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Seaway Release New Song

Seaway have released a new song titled Freak. The song comes from their new album Colour Blind which comes out October 23rd.

Check out the video below:

The Winter Passing Release New Video

Irish band, The Winter Passing, have released a new video for their song Daisy. The song comes from their upcoming LP, A Different Space Of Mind, which will be released September 18th.

Check it out below:



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Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | This City Limits


This City Limits have just released their brand new single Too Scared To Swim with an accompanying video. We asked the band a few questions about the new song, recording at Steel City Studios and their upcoming EP. 

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
We all live in different places - Leeds, Hull, Derby, but Leeds is our point of convergence. It's where we practice, and the gigs we do there are the best!

HOW DID THIS CITY LIMITS FORM?
Will and George are brothers, and have always played music together, but in 2013 they decided to do it properly and start a band. After a few lineup changes, we settled with Rob and Josh in late 2014, and haven't looked back.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME THIS CITY LIMITS? 
It's based on a lyric by a band called Polar Bear Club. Apparently they took their name from another band's lyrics, so we thought it was kind of neat. They're an amazing band, with great lyrics and loads of energy, but they've fallen into obscurity the last few months which is a real shame.

YOU'VE JUST RELEASED A NEW SINGLE, TOO SCARED TO SWIM, TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT...
We wrote the song together at the first practice with our current line-up. Will came in with some chords and a set of lyrics, and we thrashed it out line by line. There was a real buzz as we were writing it, and it all came together really quickly. If only they were all like that!

WHAT WAS IT LIKE RECORDING AT STEEL CITY STUDIOS?
It was great fun, but really intense. It's a really cool studio in the old industrial part of Sheffield. They've got some great instruments and amps, and they've had some great bands go through recently, such as ROAM, Trash and Elegies. Our producer James Hill worked us all really hard, and we were exhausted by the end, but we're really pleased with the results.

YOU'VE ALSO RELEASED A NEW VIDEO TOO, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE VIDEO IDEA?
It was Will who came up with it really, he's the ideas man! It relates to the song's lyrics, the difficulties and displacement we all feel as we grow up, and the otherwise unimportant things that keep us grounded. Once the idea was sorted, we got to build a massive fort for the actress, Olivia Ross, to use in the narrative scenes. Simple things!

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
Rise Against, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep.

WHAT ARE THIS CITY LIMITS' PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
Our next single 'Runaway' is out on 2 October. Then we've got a few one-off shows, before we head out on tour at the end of October with our good friends, the Sheffield-based O Captain. Following that, our new EP Here's To Hoping will be out on 13 November. For details of gigs, tours and releases, you can go to our Facebook page or any of our other social media sites.

Check out Too Scared To Swim below:



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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Best Years | Track By Track Guide

“The title is meant as an encouragement for people to drop out of boring routines and start afresh doing something they love, to chase their dreams. The members of this band have all ‘dropped out’ of reality in order to fully commit to this band,” states Joel Plews, vocalist with Manchester Pop Punks, Best Years, discussing the band’s latest E.P ‘Drop Out’. “The songs are definitely catchier and, dare I say it, a little cheesier than on our previous release” Plews laughs. Loaded with nostalgic melody and sparkling guitars, each of its three songs a self-contained summery mini-anthem. Here Plews goes into more detail regarding the content of the EP, describing it track by track…


 Built to Last - Built to Last is the experimental tune, it's a train wreck, but it's catchy as hell and has a guitar solo that The Darkness would be proud of. Structurally and musically it's like nothing we've ever attempted before: it's very poppy and has some totally cringe worthy moments that when we listen back to them we're all kind of a bit on edge and saying to each other 'i still can't believe we've done this'. But we're hoping it's going to pay off and people are going to enjoy having something a bit different from us! Also, yes, it is a break up song so who knows, this might just be our number 1 hit.

Overrated - Overrated is now and will be for the foreseeable future 'the Best Years' song; it's our lead single and we've got to live by it and die by it. The main riff was written by James on the toilet at university… so there's that which is an interesting piece of trivia for you! We kind of feel like it's the most commercial sounding song we've ever written, but we feel like it's also got a bit of attitude in there, both in terms of the instruments and the melodies/lyrics. The meaning behind the song is more or less self-explanatory, as are pretty much all of our songs, we get straight to the point (probably because we don't know very many big words). But if you must know, it's just a song about people who have a sense of entitlement or have a rich family that they exploit, and in turn that doesn't prepare them for reality and what's actually out there... 'Overrated, golden painted, college drop-out' is probably the best case in point from that song.

Back Then - Back Then is the arena anthem (or so we like to think), the 'woah's' over the final chorus is our self-proclaimed one way ticket to a headline slot at Wembley and the chorus will stick in your head for days. It was the first song we wrote for the new EP and it really is polished and perfected, both live and on record, as we know it so well. It's kind of a middle ground between the other two tracks on the EP and the track we're going to be shooting a live video for on our tour with WSTR next month! Lyrically the song is again, pretty self-explanatory, but it's specifically aimed at any of our fans who are stuck at home. Those still at college/working/in a band/whatever, whilst all their friends they've known throughout high school/college are away at university. Very pop punk, an anthem for missing your friends...

Drop Out is released 28/08/15 via Dream Atlantic Records. Check out the video for Overrated below:



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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Lost Youth


For today's up and coming post, we have Lost Youth who hail from Scotland. The band have just released their new EP Thoughts On Last Year. We asked them a few questions to find out a bit more about them...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Edinburgh, Scotland

HOW DID LOST YOUTH FORM?
Quite simply. We are four friends who were brought together by a love of playing and writing music. We were friends before this band began because we all played music together previously.

WHERE DID THE NAME LOST YOUTH COME FROM?
Our name came from the idea we, and all our friends, have had to grow up too fast, and now that we have hit 20 (minus Kieron) have had to leave behind adolescence and look to making a career and all that grown up stuff

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW EP THOUGHTS ON LAST YEAR...
The record is something powerful in that all the songs really moved us. Each track, as it was written, was a stepping stone in finding who we are as a band. There's a lot about fear, and heartache, resolution and a little bit of nostalgia for good measure. The mix of all these things we feel has created something moving for us and we hope it fills others with the same fire.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM THOUGHTS ON LAST YEAR AND WHY?
We all have different favourites based on our music taste and what ones really get us pumped to play

Never Again is Liam's favourite, in his words it's, "A sweet strawberry jam that get's me psyched." Can't be put much better than that.

Distant is Cammy's favourite because it's 100mph non-stop and he likes fast music you can dance around to

TWF is Jonny's favourite as "it's nostalgic and gives me some really good vibes"

Breaking Point is Kieron's favourite as the lyrics hold so much meaning, and also the fact it's a real head-nodder to play and to listen to

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE THOUGHTS ON LAST YEAR IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? 
Describing Thoughts on Last Year in 3 words? Easy! "Sweet Strawberry Jams"

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
A Day To Remember.. we want a shot in the hamster ball so bad

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK ALBUMS?
All - Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Blink 182
Liam - The Greatest Generation, The Wonder Years
Cammy - Dookie, Green Day
Kieron - Your Favourite Weapon, Brand New (does this count?)
Jonny - Common Courtesy, A Day To Remember (bit heavier but still v pop punk)


Check out Thoughts On Last Year below: 



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Friday, 7 August 2015

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Unamused Dave


Unamused Dave are a band with the most impressive EP artwork we have seen in a while. Described on their bandcamp as your 'basic rock band that spends their time doing their homework two weeks in advance and wiping their feet before entering the house', Unamused Dave are a band you'd be silly to miss out on. They kindly answered some questions for us about their recent release Leroy, their magnificant artwork that accompanies it and how they came up with their unusual name...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
We are from Germantown Hills, Illinois. It is a suburb right outside of Peoria, Illinois.

WHERE DID GET THE NAME UNAMUSED DAVE FROM?  
One of our frontmen, Bryson Maddock, has a dad name Dave. We found some old family pictures of him just staring at the camera, and that is how the name "Unamused Dave" originated.

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE UNAMUSED DAVE'S MUSIC IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
 Emo Pop Punk.

YOU RECENTLY RELEASED YOUR EP LEROY, TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT... 
Well 90% of our album was written by our other frontman Seth Wagers. Bryson sings on it too, and he wrote his own lyrics, while our drummer, Jack Dintelman, chipped in a little too. Seth gave our bass player, Brayden Lambiase, a simple bass line and Brayden branched off from there. The EP was started back in September of 2014 and ended up being released on May 29th, 2015. The drums were recorded in a church, while the rest of the EP was recorded in Seth's bedroom.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ARTWORK FOR LEROY? 
It is actually an old picture of Seth's uncle, Scott Wagers. Seth saw it at his grandparent's house and thought it would be perfect for a cover. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM LEROY AND WHY? 
It is hard to pick a favorite song. It would be like choosing your favorite kid. We love every song equally. 

TELL US ONE THING ABOUT UNAMUSED DAVE WE MIGHT BE SUPRISED TO KNOW?
Most bands buy a big van and a trailer to tour in. We fit all our equipment, clothes, food, and ourselves all into a mini van and just recently toured the Midwest. It was all in a mini van.


IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
The Story So Far or Title Fight. 



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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Light You Up Release New Video

Light You Up have released a new video for You Are Waiting For A Train. The song comes from their debut album All We've Ever Known. Check it out below:

Sunday, 2 August 2015

River Jumpers | Peaks and Troughs

Brighton pop punks, River Jumpers, recently released a video for their song Peaks and Troughs. The song comes from their self-titled EP, which they released earlier in the year (check it out here). 

Coast To Coast | Empty

Coast To Coast have released a new video for their song Empty. The track comes from their new EP, Lessons Learned

Check out the new video below:



Find out more about Coast To Coast in our recent up & coming post here.

toyGuitar | Punks In Vegas


toyGuitar recently filmed an acoustic session for Punks In Vegas. The band, which features members of Dead to Me, The Re-Volts, One Man Army and Swingin' Utters, performed 3 songs from their recent full length, In This Mess, which is out now via Fat Wreck Chords.

Check out the playlist below:


Bad Religion August UK Tour

Bad Religion are heading across the pond to play a handful of shows in the UK this week (get your tickets here). 

Check out Brian Baker's video about the upcoming tour below: 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Face Value | Car Door

Check out Face Value's video for Car Door which comes from their EP Growing Up Young
You can also get to know a bit more about the band in our recent up & coming post (have a read here)

Überyou | Frontiers



Überyou, who hail from Switzerland, are releasing their new 7", Frontiers,on Gunner Records (The Gaslight Anthem, Frank Turner) and Say-10 in the US. Alongside this, the band are touring South and Latin America as well as the US and Cuba, including an appearance at FEST in Gainsville. If you live in any of these places, check out the tour dates here.

Frontiers Tracklist:

Side A
1. So Long
2. Reputation
Side B
1. Uncontrollable
2. Best Of Me

Check out Uncontrollable from the new 7" below:



Sunday, 26 July 2015

Great Thieves Escape 7"


On October 10th, True Trash Records and Flix Records are releasing a 7" titled Great Thieves Escape. The EP will feature Get Dead, toyGuitar, The Uprising and Lost In Society

The EP tracklist:
A1: Get Dead - Coma State
A2: The Uprising - Horizon
B1: toyGuitar - Wake the Dead
B2: Lost in Society - Second Chances

Order your copy here

Get Dead's Bandcamp | toyGuitar's Youtube | The Uprising's Bandcamp |  Lost In Society's Youtube

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Face Value


Face Value, who hail from Maryland, have recently released their EP Growing Up Young. The EP holds nine tracks of relentless energy and impeccable riffs while also featuring two slower songs, showing their softer side. Face Value's sound seems to be rooted in early 2000s pop punk with a feel-good vibe that makes it easy to compare them to the bands such as The Starting Line and Yellowcard. However, they also display a more updated sound similar to Handguns and Forever Came Calling. Each song has an unforgettable chorus, which will leave you singing along after only a few listens. The band kindly answered some questions for us about Growing Up Young, where they got their band name from and their plans for the rest of summer...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Face Value is from the suburbs North of Baltimore City, Maryland.

HOW DID FACE VALUE FORM?

Face Value was originally formed by current lead singer, and rhythm guitarist, Alec Myers, and former lead guitarist Garret Heydt, under the band name "Out to See" in early 2012. Shortly after the formation, the band recruited current drummer Jeremiah "Jeb" Douglas, and former member Kyle Ritter to do lead vocals. Living so close to each other, sharing a mutual love of late 90's, early 2000's pop punk, and being best friends was the basis that allowed Out to See to begin writing their first demos and playing their first shows in the Baltimore area. Witnessing the departure of initial members Kyle and Garret, and then undergoing some role changing, the band emerged as Face Value after brothers Parker Ross and Grayson Ross joined the band, meshing their unique pop rock and effect-driven sound with the fundamental raw punk tendencies Alec and Jeremiah gravitated towards. 

WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME FACE VALUE FROM?
Although it may sound cliche, we got the name "Face Value" from a New York based pop punk band called With the Punches. Needless to say we definitely enjoyed With the Punches, and still do, even though they broke up. "Face Value" is not only a title of a song they had wrote, it is also a name that carries an idea and an attitude. "From the clothes you wear, to the car you drive, to the company you keep, they’re all just worthless commodities". It may sounds simple and sharp at first, but I think it is a line that carries a lot of weight, as well as the song in its entirety. To us, Face Value means being yourself, and not judging people by their face value. Life is more then just material things and how you look, and who you want to look like. Don't cover up who you really are, don't think celebrities and magazines are a good representation of how you should live your life. "Find your own personality, a heavy dose of humility, and you might not be a joke, to everyone around you."

TELL US A BIT ABOUT GROWING UP YOUNG...

To start off "Growing up Young" is not an EP written by one guy and it is not an EP full of bullshit. To us "Growing up Young" is an honest album simply about trying to stay young throughout all of the adversity life throws at you. Losing someone you love sucks, addiction sucks, break-ups suck and we think a lot of people will let these experiences slowly degrade them into a state of self-pity and sadness. The all-too-familiar trials and tribulations of life will definitely push you to the brink of giving up, but maintaining a positive and youthful attitude and worrying about yourself sometimes will never be a bad thing. We think the songs on our EP our very relatable, and they were not written necessarily for the sole purpose to be relatable to others, but were a way for us in Face Value to cope with our problems and sadness through music.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM GROWING UP YOUNG AND WHY?

Car Door is definitely our personal favorite song of the album. It is a break-up song, but I still think it is a great culmination of all of our musical styles as a band. It combines the vocal melody heavy pop punk we love with some of the harder faster punkier, pop punk that is becoming prevalent with the modern scene. The vocals are very clean and melodic yet the instrumentation still contains some beatdowny post choruses, and some double time, that really put and edge on the poppier elements. I think the song is very accessible to anyone who enjoys the genre. 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ARTWORK FOR GROWING UP YOUNG?
In some way, shape, or form, we got the idea of corn. Alec our vocalist lives near a lot of cornfields, maybe Jeb ate corn that day, but for some reason we got stuck on the idea of a cornfield. We talked to good amount of graphic designers and ended up going with a guy named Chris Pappas. He really brought the idea to life and we are super happy with how the art turned out. We are currently sticking with the idea that corn grows pretty fast so in the most literal sense possible, corn gorws up young. That's all we got. 

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
Blink-182. I think every kid who starts a band in high school wants to play a show with blink-182. It is a very universal dream. With the Punches or The Story so Far could be cool shows too. 

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT FACE VALUE WE MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW...
Our favorite fun fact is that Jeb, our drummer, was originally asked to play piano in the band but after watching him behind a kiddy drumset for the first time, we know he was meant to bang on stuff. We actually have a video of the first time we heard Jeb drumming. We are embarrassingly moshing and skating in our former member Kyles' garage in front of a kiddie drumset. 

WHAT ARE FACE VALUE'S PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER?

Face Value are monetarily recuperating after our first tour and are currently in talks with some new sound engineers to record a few new songs for a split potentially coming out this Fall. Mainly though we are going to be playing around Baltimore, trying to get some more exposure, promoting the new EP, and just having a good time. We will be printing physical copies of the EP for sale online and at shows, as well as getting some new merch such as shirts and stickers to be selling online and at shows. 

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK ALBUMS?
1. Take off Your Pants and Jacket: Blink-182
2. The Young and the Hopeless : Good Charlotte
3. When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes : Yellowcard
4. The Upsides: Wonder Years
5. Under Soil and Dirt: The Story so Far



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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Knuckle Puck Stream New Album

Knuckle Puck are streaming their new album Copacetic over on Red Bull. The new album is set to be released on July 31, check it out below:



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Why Everyone Left


Why Everyone Left are an Italian pop punk/easycore band who recently released a new video for their song, Pack Your Shit. We asked them a few questions to get to know a bit more about them...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
We're from Modena, Italy!

HOW DID WHY EVERYONE LEFT FORM?
We all come from other local bands that kind of broke up in the same period. We decided to start a new project and we're trying to go as far as possible.

DESCRIBE WHY EVERYONE LEFT'S MUSIC IN THREE WORDS...
Powerful, catchy, fun.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING FROM ITALY?
It may sound clichè but our food culture is amazing, really!

YOU RECENTLY RELEASED A NEW VIDEO FOR PACK YOUR SHIT, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE VIDEO IDEA?
We wanted something funny and lively, and then we had this “Pacman thing” idea with these ghosts chasing us around the streets and a kid controlling us from an old game arcade.

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
Probably playing with A Day To Remember. That would be the sickest thing ever!

IF YOU COULD TOUR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Probably everywhere ahah. The thing is, we've never toured outside our country yet, so we just want to tour as many countries as possible. We would love to tour Japan and the UK.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK/ EASYCORE ALBUMS?
Blink-182 - Enema Of The State
City Lights – In It To Win It
A Day To Remember – Homesick
New Found Glory – Sticks And Stones
The Starting Line – Say It Like You Mean It


Check out the video for Pack Your Shit below:



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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Homebound | Interview


Last week, Homebound released their new EP, Permanence, which is the second release in the band's repertoire. Alongside the release, the band finished up their UK tour with Six Time Champion. Vocalist, Charlie Boughton, kindly answered some questions for us about the new EP, the UK tour and Homebound's plans for the rest if the summer...

HOW ARE YOU GUYS AND HOW HAS THE TOUR BEEN GOING?
We’re good, this tour has been way too fun! We’ve had the best company in the form of Six Time Champion and These Minds which always makes touring SO much better. We’ve got to play shows in lots of new and familiar places which are both good in equal measure. Definitely the best tour we’ve been a part of. 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE DATE OF THE TOUR AND WHY?
Bristol was fun, we’ve always had a good time there and it didn’t disappoint this time either. I mean, who would’ve thought we’d have a push pit in our set? Although, I’m gonna say London was my favourite. Seeing kids give a shit about your band is what it’s all about. Shout out to the American dude making the most of his time in the UK to come and see us! It was a great way to end the tour.

YOU'VE JUST RELEASED YOUR NEW EP PERMANENCE, TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT...
It relates a lot to the feeling that everything around you is changing while your still the same person struggling to kick start your life. There’s that fear that the same opportunities aren’t coming for you as they are for others and being left behind, only making you doubt yourself and every decision you make. I think these are sentiments that a lot of people can relate to at some point in their own life and situation. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRACK FROM PERMANENCE AND WHY?
I like them all for different reasons! Probably Blossom? I think it shows the most progression musically from our last release. Lyrically, Cave In captures the essence of the EP and ends the record on a positive message…So maybe Cave In. I’m very indecisive, I’m sorry.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ARTWORK FOR PERMANENCE
All credit goes to Jordan Pryke for this one as he absolutely nailed it. We gave him a pretty brief outline of the meaning behind ‘Permanence’, mainly highlighting the feelings of being left behind and struggling to break out of the rut we get ourselves into which he quite literally captured. We as a band like interesting artwork and all the fine details put into it that you don’t always notice on first look. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  

WHO ARE YOUR GUYS' FAVOURITE UK POP PUNK BANDS?
Boston Manor are firm favourites of ours, they’re good guys too. Six Time Champion, Ca$h Boat ROAM, These Minds, WSTR, Best Years. Too many to name these days which just shows you the strength in depth the UK scene has right now.

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
I think we’d all have a different answer but there’s a few we’re bound to agree on. Blink and Sum 41 are no brainers. Might be a weird show but Limp Bizkit would also be sick. 

WHAT ARE HOMEBOUND'S PLANS AFTER THE RELEASE OF PERMANENCE AND THE UK TOUR?
More touring hopefully! We’re dead happy with these tracks and just wanna keep playing them to as many new and familiar faces. We’ve started writing a few bits here and there as we don’t want to wait another year before releasing something new if we can help it.

Permanence is out now. Check out the video for Worthwhile below: 



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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Yeah Detroit Announce European Tour

Yeah Detroit will be commencing on a European tour this August with special guests, Earl Grey. To raise some funds Yeah Detroit have reduced their T-shirts to £5 on their merch store (pick yours up here). Check out the dates below: 



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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Landmarks Release New Video

Landmarks have released a new video for their song Worse For Wear, which appears on their recent EP Fighting Gravity. Check it out below: 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Wonderland Trip


For today's up and coming post we have Wonderland Trip who hail from Manchester. Last year the band released their EP Presence of Absence and are now in the process of recording the follow up. We asked bassist Adam and vocalist/ guitarist Ste a few questions...


WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Manchester
HOW DID WONDERLAND TRIP FORM?
Ste: Originally we started with the line up of me on guitar and vocals, Adam on bass, my mate Dale Calderbank on 2nd guitar and vocals and Andrew J. Sant on drums. Dale and I started the band playing around with song ideas we had. We'd been playing in bands with each other on and off since we were kids so it was easy to write new stuff. Then we decided we would need a drummer and a bassist. I put an ad in every guitar shop I knew of in Manchester and soon received a reply from Adam. I met Andy through a friend of a friend. The first rehearsal we just jammed through a few of the songs Dale and I had. We all seemed to click from there on.


Adam: After spending a couple of years playing gigs all over, we decided we wanted to take the band in a different direction and started spending some serious time in the studio. At this point we also changed drummers and decided to become a three piece
DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC IN 3 WORDS FOR SOMEONE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD IT BEFORE...
Adam: Melodic, catchy punk
Ste: Simply the best!

LAST YEAR YOU RELEASED YOUR EP PRESENCE OF ABSENCE, TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT....
Adam: If you're into pop punk and like catchy melodies you’ll love it.

Ste: The EP took two years to finish, there are 4 tracks, track one, Bring Back The Sunshine ,was one of the first tunes we started jamming together. Track two Shattered Visage was our newest song at the time and took the longest to record. Track three, The Girl That Was You, was the first track we recorded with producer Neil Treppas (Iron Maiden, Kasabian) and the easiest and quickest to record. Track four Now You're Gone is my favourite on the EP, it shows off some of Neil's skills with weird sounds and awesome intro and outro ideas but mainly making the song sound cool from start to finish!


YOU'VE RECENTLY BEEN IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON THE FOLLOW UP TO PRESENCE OF ABSENCE, CAN YOU TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE BEEN UP TO?
Ste: The drum tracks, bass and some guitars are done for two of the tracks. We also received a mix from the producer of one of the completed tracks for the new EP. It's sounding epic! The three of us have also been chatting about the general vibe of the EP and how it should sound, the songs are a lot more upbeat and rocky, so this EP will have a bigger, louder, American rock/pop/punk sound with heavy drums and noisier guitars!


DO YOU PREFER RECORDING OR PLAYING LIVE?
Ste: The two are a lot different but we enjoy both sides to it. The recording process can be a bit slow at times but we enjoy throwing different ideas around and hearing the songs develop. Then when you get out there and get to play them live it’s the best part.
Adam: It’s great when you finished recording and know you’ve made a song as good as it can be, but it's got to be perfect before we let anyone hear it. Playing live is what its all about though.


IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
Ste: Foo fighters, if not them, then the biggest band in the world at that time.
Adam: I’d love to play at one of the big festivals, but I reckon we’d make a good warm up act for Blink 182.


WHAT ARE YOU TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK ALBUMS?
Ste: Self titled Blink 182 album, Foo Fighters- one by one, Inme- white butterfly, Blink 182- Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and Green Day- International Super Hits.
Adam: Ataris- So Long, Astoria, Blink 182- Dude Ranch, Screeching Weasel- Thank You Very Little, Fall Out Boy- From Under the Cork Tree, Ash- 1977.

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Kimberly Steaks | Interview

In May of this year, The Kimberly Steaks played a few dates around the UK, alongside of the release of their new EP Chemical Imbalance. We asked the band a few questions ahead of their set at JT Soar in Nottingham...

CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELVES AND WHAT YOU DO IN THE KIMBERELY STEAKS?
Greg: I'm Greig. I play guitar and sing.
Ross: I'm Ross and I play drums
Tam: I'm Tam and I play bass and do some singing. 

HOW'S THE TOUR BEEN GOING?
Tam: We played Glasgow on Wednesday with Frenzal Rhomb. We came down to Manchester the next day and met up with Austeros, we're playing tonight and we're doing the rest of the gigs with them. So, it's been Manchester, Cheltenham, London and here, and home tomorrow and back to uni and things. 

HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN HAVING FUN?
Tam: Yeah, it's been really good actually. We didn't know what to expect because it's Groezrock this weekend and it seems like a stupid time to do a tour but other than that, it's worked out really well.
Ross: There's lots of places we've never played before as well. We've never played in Cheltenham. We did a house show there and it was really fun. We've never played in Nottingham before. All the gigs have been really good. Austeros are a really good band as well. 

DO YOU GET TIME TO HAVE A LOOK AROUND THE DIFFERENT CITIES THAT YOU VISIT?
Ross: We've just been eating a lot really. 
Greig: Lots of burritos and stuff like that.
PPUK: Where do you like to eat when you're on the road?
Greig: It's been really varied. We've been eating really well. It's been quite a good holiday. 
Tam: It generally seems to be quite spicy. We smell really bad for the rest of the day, we stink out the car. But yeah, we didn't get a chance to look around Nottingham today because we came straight from London and we were all pretty hungover. It took us about three hours to leave and we had to get burritos obviously as well. It looks lovely coming in though. 
Ross: It's a nice bit of the country, lots of countryside. 

IF YOU COULD TOUR ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Greig: We were talking the other day about going to Japan. We sell a lot of CDs and records in Japan. It's really cool. 
Ross: UK style pop punk, they seem to love it in Japan. 
Tam: There's a midlands band called Skimmer and they play Japan and China quite a lot. They just play to thousands of people, it's amazing. They seem to do really well. The gigs are apparently great and the crowd is awesome. I would love to go, a wee lad's holiday. 
Greig: I would love to go to Spain, I've never played there before. 

HOW DID YOU GUYS FORM?
Greig: We formed years and years ago. The bands always been called The Kimberly Steaks but I'm the only original member. There's not really like an interesting story behind it just me and a couple of friends from school and we started playing. I knew these two from different bands and this is the way it's ended up.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME THE KIMBERLY STEAKS? 
Greig: We can't remember the exact story but it was the drummer's wee brother and he had a friend who apparently had an imaginary girlfriend and for some reason he just made up the name 'Steak' and we don't know how it came about but we thought it was really funny and we decided to call the band 'The Kimberly Steaks'. 
Ross: I think it's quite a good name because they'll never be anyone else called 'The Kimberley Steaks'. 

DO YOU GUYS LISTEN TO A LOT OF POP PUNK?
Tam: Yeah pretty much. We've kind of all grown up listening to it and we listen to it loads now. That's pretty much all we listen to in the car. We listen to Chicxsdiggit, Teenage Bottlerocket, Mean Jeans. There's been some great bands that we've played with like Don Blake from Manchester. There's some really great bands around at the minute like The Murderburgers, they're from Glasgow as well. 

HOW DO YOU GUYS KEEP YOURSELVES ENTERTAINED WHEN YOU'RE ON THE ROAD?
Tam: What we've done is, on an ipod we've put old Alan Partridge shows, in between listening to loads of music. We've been listening to dumb old radio shows and stuff like that. We just have really stupid jokes that just aren't funny in anyway to anybody else but because we've spent so much time together it becomes like a really stupid in-joke. We just sit and giggle a lot about really dumb stuff. We go a little bit weird by the end of it. 

ANY LAST WORDS?
Tam: We've got a wee 7" that we recorded but there was a massive fuck up at the place and they printed side A on side B as well, so it's just the same songs on both sides. We were meant to have copies on this tour but it didn't work out. It's out and we'll have it available soon. 
Greig: Also, we're coming back here in July. We're doing a wee tour with the Murderburgers.(Check out the tour dates here).  

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