There has always been something quite favourable about Leeds punks Brawlers. From the moment we heard 2014’s ‘I Am A Worthless Piece Of Shit’ EP, there has been a likeable quality. ‘The Black EP’ follows on last year’s full-length effort ‘Romantic Errors Of Our Youth’ and keeps up the standard set previously. Vocalist Harry George Johns has a skill for writing relatable, semi-autobiographical songs that are tied up in a punchy punk-fuelled ball.
‘Day Job’ thrives on the angst of working a nine-to-five job leading to an emotional release of “I just wanna have a good time, I just want to take drugs and be sexy.“ The EP also covers adolescent issues such as being drunk and poor (‘Growing Up’), persuading a potential love interest you’re the right person for them (‘Do You Believe Me Now?’) and low self-esteem (‘Better Looking’).
Yet don’t be fooled by these themes being your standard faux-American delivered pop punk clichés, Brawlers musically resonate through tight-knit drums, sharp guitars and deep basslines. No soaring hooks and no gang vocals here – just five straightforward, relatable songs delivered with a harmonious, punk aesthetic that doesn’t outstay its welcome.
‘The Black EP’ takes Brawlers’ formula and produces a favourable stop-gap towards whatever they do next.
‘The Black EP’ by Brawlers is out now on Alcopop! Records.
Words by Sêan Reid (@SeanReid86)