Pop punk outfit, Fight For Friday from Manchester released their EP Someone You Could Trust last month that’s been circulating the scene and garnering interest. Since release, Fight For Friday has been riding the waves of the momentum of their recent release and solidifying their stance in the UK pop-punk scene. Prior to release, vocalist Seb spoke about the title by revealing “it is relevant to the context of the EP and the message we are trying to portray; the effect that other people have on someone’s happiness, health and life experience.”
Someone You Could Trust is an overall brilliant EP, varying in tones and proving the potential that Fight For Friday has for becoming the next big thing. With influences such as The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball and A Day To Remember, the mixed bag of talent makes this EP unique in its genre. As the band moves forth and continues to develop their individual skill since their initial formation in 2014, Fight For Friday vocalist Seb and drummer Matt joins us to speak about their music, experience and the post-success of Someone You Could Trust.
“We’re super stoked at the moment with everything we’ve got going on with the release and upcoming ventures,” they start. “We formed way back in school. It was pretty much started out as an extracurricular thing and just grew from there. I met Lloyd from drama club about 5 years before the band formed and joined two years after,” Seb reveals. The growth in Fight For Fridays music is exceptional, since their initial release of Call Me Old Fashioned in 2016, the band have honed into their sound whilst all the while staying true to their pop-punk sound. “We grew up on Blink, Green Day and Sum 41,” they start. “they were a definite drive for us. As we’ve been exposed to more bands we definitely take inspiration from Seaway, ROAM and New Found Glory nowadays.” With the luxury of the UK pop-punk scene exploding with all kinds of talents and sounds, Fight For Friday are in the run to be one of the best rising bands to hit our shores. “We started out at school playing pretty basic punk tunes, as we’ve grown older we’ve been exposed to some of the amazing modern pop-punk bands around and have been drawn to that vibe. The latest release we have out is more towards a sound We’re finally happy with after being a band for 4 years so it’s exciting times ahead.”
Melodic in nature, the first track ‘Life Hits You Hard’ brings the life of Fight For Friday out in force with combative and emphasised drumming ricocheting from each instrument adding that early 00’s pop-punk vintage sound. It’s an EP of varied talents, as it moves into ‘I Feel Bad, But You Should Feel Worse’ as the guys’ mix in a heavier tone to their perky sound. Tying together with a low bass, the track fluctuates between sounds of heavy breakdowns and catchy bridges. ‘Take It Or Leave It’ is a firm favourite, accentuating their talents for melodic guitar riffs giving the track an overall upbeat feeling. Throughout the EP, a major appeal is the distinctive vocals of lead singer, Seb Harper with the ability to adapt to each direction the tone takes. For an example, the fourth track ‘Target Practise’ is a little lower in pitch and highlights the sound of the bass with an elision. Featuring staggered intros throughout the EP, ‘Headache’ is by the far the track that does it best. Giving each instrument the opportunity to bring the song into this epic saga of events as they build, the track takes a lighter approach. It’s the track that brings their influences into the focal point, lyrically and instrumentally.
Someone You Could Trust was released last month, with their lead single ‘Headache’ taking the win as their most played track. Melancholic in sound, ‘Headache’ highlights the chemistry and fluency of the band instrumentally, topped with soft vocals that tie the track into brilliance. “We wrote ‘Headache’ just after the death of Chester Bennington. It’s not directly related to him but the news of it made me think about feelings such as depression and how other people can see one thing but you can be feeling the complete opposite.” Another example of Fight For Friday’s sensitive topic choice is ‘Target Practise.’ “Both songs [Target Practise and Headache] talk about the effect that other people’s actions can have on you and how you’ve got to rise above negative people to move forward.”