WSTR Got No Sleep: Liverpudlian Pop Punks WSTR released their debut album, ‘Red, Green Or Inbetween’ via No Sleep Records on 20th January. Vocalist Sammy Clifford explains the record: “It’s mainly a breakup album, however it’s not a ‘fuck you’ album it’s more a ‘mad at myself’ album. The title is based on being stuck in limbo or in the ‘in-between’. Amber is also the name of a significant friend of mine who most of the songs are about, so it’s a pretty sad boy record. It’s all about kicking myself for not stepping up when I had the chance and coasting through life making bad decisions. The artwork is a voodoo doll which is meant to represent me, as I sometimes feel like someone is out to get me with all the bad luck I have.” In support of the release, WSTR also played a run of packed out acoustic in-stores, before touring as main support to Canadian pop punks Seaway, throughout the UK. Find them on Spotify here.
Homebound Broke The Mould: Farnham Pop Punk Quartet Homebound released their third EP, ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’, via Rude Records on 10th February. In tandem with the EP’s release they also unveiled the video for Broken Reverie (here), before supporting Four Year Strong on a string of sold out UK dates.
The quartet, comprised of vocalist Charlie Boughton, Tom Mellon and Chris Wheatley and Joe Aspell-Beaumont on bass duties, feel that TMYBYA has a darker and more mature sound than prior works, that is closer to where they want to be as a band. Recording once again with Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, As It Is, WSTR), it is well-crafted throughout with bouncing melodies, driving drums, intricate guitar work and gritty lyrics. Homebound manage to deliver maturity, diversity and depth, whilst still retaining the fun that pop punk is known for. Boughton concludes: “The release of the EP marks almost a year to the day since we finished recording it and it’s been a long journey for us all since then, so for it to finally be available for everyone to hear is awesome.” Get it here: Physical | Digital.
High Tides Persisted: The Nottingham Quintet who describe themselves as ‘putting emo into pop punk since 2015’ released ‘I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over’ via Scylla Records on 17th March. The band comment that it covers themes including “heartbreak, learning from mistakes and realising that things do get better; sometimes you just have to make a fresh start for that to happen.” Within the busy sphere pop punk, High Tides say that what sets them apart from their contemporaries is both their music and their live show: “We feel our sound brings some fresh elements to the UK Pop punk sound: deeper and more mature, tending to stray from the typical ‘In sound’ currently being shared. Live it’s always crazy energetic and we put absolutely everything into it, we don’t feel we’ve done a good enough job unless we come off stage looking like we’ve had a bath in sweat.” You can watch the video for track ‘Bridges’ here and order the record here!
Catch Fire Were On Fire: “It is a collection of the most honest and heartfelt songs we’ve written,” reveals vocalist Miles Kent of Nottingham Pop Punks Catch Fire, regarding their recently released forthcoming sophomore. ‘A Love That I Still Miss’ saw release via Rude Records on 24th March and was supported by 2 rowdy release shows in Nottingham and London. For it’s recording, the guys spent 3 weeks in the studio with Myroslav Borys of Jigsaw Audio, having found a good chemistry with the producer when working on their cover of Alessia Cara’s Wild Things. Wearing their hearts of their sleeves the band comment: “This EP is the best we have to offer. It’s a product of sleepless nights and restless days, spent spilling our thoughts and ideas onto a blank canvas. We just hope people like it.” If you’re a fan of emo-tinged pop punk, with intricate guitars and driving rhythm, evoking Trash Boat and Knuckle Puck, then you’ll certainly be adding your firm tick to the ‘yes’ column. We’d recommend you make a start by watching Sylvester: http://smarturl.it/SylvesterVideo
Post-Hardcore Crew Everyday Sidekicks self-release ‘Hope’ 31/03/17. Watch ‘Glass House’ here
Harrogate Heavyweights Blood Youth release their stonking debut album ‘Beyond Repair’ 07/04/17. Check out the video for Reason To Stay now
Spiritually driven metallers Rosen Bridge unveil ‘Dreamcatcher’ 12/05/17. Stream the title track here
Emo pop rock newcomers Seasonal release their debut EP ‘Bloom’ 19/05/17. Check out their lead single Certainty here
And an announcement…
We are pleased to announce that this summer, for the first time, we will be taking a short hiatus from Inception. We will be heading out to the US to work with our pals in Creeper on the infamous Warped Tour 2017!
Unfortunately this does mean that we will not be able to offer our services between mid-June through to early August, but please inquire now regarding releases slated for late September onwards.