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With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
Sean Reid shows us why 'Guilt Show' shouldn't be dismissed.
Anyone who knows me well will tell you I am a big fan of Pop Punk, and over the last few years the genre has made somewhat of a renaissance with a whole crop of new bands becoming popular. Whilst many labels have benefited from this, including California’s Pure Noise Records, which has made a reputation for itself by consistently releasing really good Pop Punk and Hardcore releases; The Story So Far, The American Scene, and Forever Came Calling. However despite this high standard, I have to admit I was left disappointed from the labels latest offering - State Champs.
'Overslept' is a quick blast of standard Pop Punk that more than often fails to live up to expectations. Admittedly coming it at just the 11 minute mark and with only four songs; the first ('Tonsil Hockey') being a 40 second instrumental intro, State Champs don’t give themselves enough time to make a solid impression. Nevertheless the Albany, New York group hit all the right marks with 'Critical' and 'We Are the Brave' showing the bands energetic, bouncy sound yet it doesn’t quite grab you and sounds very unoriginal.
One saving grace from 'Overslept' is vocalist Derek Discanio has the potential to define the bands future sound with a powerful set of lungs that soar in the right places and bite during the bands more aggressive, up-tempo moments ('Remedy.')
Ultimately State Champs' début release doesn't quite have that same zest that other bands within the genre have thrived off in recent times. Because of this 'Overslept' has the tendency to leave you into easily comparing them to everyone from All Time Low to The Wonder Years. Whilst the foundations are subtly there to do great things; their style is straight to the point and fans of massive hooks will fall for this, yet you can’t help but think State Champs are one band that may fall into obscurity in a genre that is becoming clustered.
'Overslept' EP by State Champs is available now on Pure Noise Records.
Words by Sean Reid (@SeanReid86)