[REVIEW] These Five Years – This Could All Be So Easy EP

 

Heavy with bass, raucous vocal styles and riddled with high energy, the newest These Five Years record is the most definitive they’ve put out. This Could All Be So Easy is a six song EP captures some of the most chilling emotion, the kind that runs down your spine and turns your body cold. The EP feels vulnerable, stripped of walls and barriers and splayed for all to see, vocally and instrumentally intertwined to perfectly emphasise the emotion behind the music. Kicking off with ‘Better The Devil’ the EP wastes no time proving what it’s capable of and how beautifully calculated and produced each track is.

Starring a melodic, weighted bass, These Five Years has not only been able to display their hearts lyrically, but has done so instrumentally, too. The listener feels weighted, fully engaged in empathy, really promoting a relatable anthem to kickstart the EP. Moving in to ‘Enclosure,’ we get more of an upbeat tone, softening the blow of that first track. There’s no dragging of this EP forward, it moves in impeccable timing in all round concise writing. While it feeds us a variety of different tracks, These Five Years has really developed an exclusive sound, for example in ‘I Hope You Know’ it’s lyrically pulling on heart strings, driven by combative drumming throughout. It’s an incomparable collection of compositions, and it feels very These Five Years. It’s a heavier perspective of pop punk, unwilling to stay within boundaries of its foundations.

It feels like a very defining point in the bands career, a proud collection of music that has been nurtured into the released tracks we hear today. Each time stamp packing the right amount of punch, fluently moving through the motions. ‘Mea Culpa’ collects the bands talent and puts it on blast, throwing a bone to each component to really shine.

This Could All Be So Easy is available now on streaming services.

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR – ADOLESCENCE out FRIDAY 26TH

Since the release of their last EP Count Yourself Lucky, Leeds based pop punk band, This Time Last Year have been busy creating instalments for their discography such as 2018’s ‘Where Did The Time Go?’ and ‘Just Talk,’ and now, coming this Friday is their latest collection of tracks for upcoming EP, Adolescence. Featuring their latest released track, ‘Limbo,’ the EP was recorded and mixed by Oskar Sutton, a producer known for his work with bands such as Asleep At The Helm and Solarshift at the studio in Manchester.

Adolescence sees the progress that This Time Last Year has made since their initial release, creating distinctive elements of melodic riffs atop bouncing bass. Chord changes dictate the fluctuation of emotion, driven by infectious lyrics to emphasise. If there’s one thing This Time Last Year has truly mastered during their time as a band, is the ability to grab attention – and keep it. ‘Better Off Alone’ toys with heavier elements, powerful in tones tied with intensity as we see harmonised chorus’s, pitch changes and a bridge full of behemothic properties. It’s the connection of playful pop punk characteristics weaved with a substantial amount of angst reminiscent of mid 90’s punk rock. Lyrically, the track feels privatised, displaying a sense of vulnerability behind walls, correlating with a combative tone that truly brings an emphasis to the overall authenticity of the song.

‘These Days’ features a variety of talent seen in high-energy instrumentals, displayed with rapid drumming techniques and calculated picking. It’s a track filled with atmosphere, plucking at creative heartstrings as it moves through its structure. Much like the previous, we hear aspects of a heavier nature burst through in a deepened tone and tremendous drums. Throughout ‘These Days,’ each instrument has its fair share of spotlight, building and proving their vitality to the overall track.

This Time Last Year has built a foundation for themselves, with Adolescence offering a more formative established sound. Holding onto pivotal components from Count Yourself Lucky that brought This Time Last Year onto the scene, their progression since 2017 is sizeable with distinct talent for energetic tracks touching upon emotion.

Adolescence is due for release this Friday, the 26th of July and will be available across streaming platforms.

Visit the official website for merch and check out their Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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FOXBITE – Hardly Slept At All [Single & Video]

Released last month, Foxbite’s latest single ‘Hardly Slept At All’ is a display of talent for lively pop punk from the Hereford quintet. Following on from their single ‘Nauticus’ that was released in February, ‘Hardly Slept At All’ extends the ground on which the band currently stands on, providing hard evidence that the band has a real knack at melodies, harmonics and the ability to create a infectious tracks in a variety of tempos. ‘Hardly Slept At All’ features calculated line structure, using a steady stream of fluctuating instruments to keep the track moving in fluid motion. Intricately put together and tied by the use of catchy vocals, ‘Hardly Slept At All’ brings more excitement to the following of Foxbite.

 

Foxbite are currently playing select shows across the UK, you can follow them on Facebook or check out their official website for more information.SpotifyiTunes

 

 

 

 

 

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR release new track & video ‘LIMBO’

Leeds quartet, This Time Last Year have released their latest track Limbo, along with a music video.

The track features melodic riffs accompanied by hard hitting drums and a deep bass. Known for their anthemic style of writing, creating infectious music, Limbo delivers in all areas. It encompasses the true nature of This Time Last Year, including their unparalleled style of lyrical writing and calculated instrumentals. Since their release of Just Talk and Maple last year, Limbo emphasizes their established sound and talent, with clear production that even the slight guitar note changes brings their own intensity.

Accompanied with a music video that magnifies the guys’ passion for their music, it brings along an added tug of emotion. Taking place in a living room, switching through scenes of separate instruments, it portrays imagery of time moving as well as the effects of an overactive mind.

Limbo is now available on all streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music.

This Time Last Year has a select few concert dates upcoming, including Leeds, Cardiff and Sheffield.

Like the band on Facebook for more information.

 

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SLACKRR – Time, It Waits For No One REVIEW & Festival Announcement!

Bursting with energy and melodic riffs complemented by cadenced drumming, Time, It Waits For No One, is one that is riddled with heavy talent. In the upcoming addition to Slackrr’s discography, the ten track album is brimming with flirtatious instrumentals topped with infectious vocals conveyed in such intricate harmonics, tying the tracks together in perfect symmetry. Time moves in fluid motion, exploring changes in their tempo and momentum’s.

Intensity heightened by deep bass, the counter frequency of the vocals ricochet, combining together with bouncy guitar riffs and calculated drums. ‘Asleep At The Wheel’ portrays lyrical flair in canorous rhythm. If there’s one thing to say about Time, is that it’s completely infectious in nature. Movement promoting, the bands visionary of direction in their instrumentals toys with modern techniques, establishing themselves as a staple in the current rising pop punk bands of the UK. ‘Closest To Perfect’ demonstrates Slackrr’s comfort in their talents ability, generating atmosphere suited to the theme. Producing a plethora of quality material, third track ‘Nerve’ portrays another dimension of the bands dexterity to push the boat out, featuring a more raucous tone alongside a combative attitude. In the first three tracks, it’s clear to see the intricate use of melodies drive the tracks forth, giving it a signature sound stamped sincerely, Slackrr.

In a complete one-eighty, ‘Mope’ emphasises Slackrr’s talent for a multitude of writing styles. Slowing down the tempo and softening the vocals, ‘Mope’ takes the spotlight of the album. Introducing that deep bass line, it moves in such rolling development prior to interjecting the driven pop punk sound that the rest of the album has. Instrumentally, ‘Mope’ fits perfectly to its lyrics, provoking imagery and emotion. It’s one of the most impressive aspects of Time before it throws you back into the upbeat undertones accompanied by overwhelming emotional spirit. ‘I Know’ confirms the lyrical genius behind the album, flirtatiously playing with rhymes and premeditated worded structure. It truly is an album that contorts to a multitude of playlists, expressing plenty of temperaments, posing in big attitude vital in the planning and production of any album.

In recent days, Slackrr has been announced for a headline slot for the upcoming Isle Of Wight festival on Friday, 14th June, the same day that Time, It Waits For No One is released. Isle Of Wight festival tickets can be bought here.

You can like Slackrr on Facebook and keep updated with the band on Instagram and Twitter.

You can preorder Time, It Waits For No One via the bands BigCartel.

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LAKE SYCAMORE release LOATHE ahead of Swansea and Cardiff shows

Cardiff based pop punk outfit, Lake Sycamore has released their latest addition to their discography, ‘Loathe’ that’s currently available on YouTube and soon to be across various streaming platforms. Since their appearance in London’s The Slaughtered Lamb, Lake Sycamore has been building anticipation for upcoming material, with the band releasing an update earlier this year displaying plans for an upcoming album alongside a 30 second teaser for ‘Loathe,” that was due for release in June. Thankfully for us, Lake Sycamore put that long wait to one side and has released the track for early listening prior to forthcoming gigs in Swansea’s The Bunkhouse and Cardiff’s Fuel Rock Club.

Featuring a melodic structure in tone, ‘Loathe’ sees Lake Sycamore contouring a canorous rhythm of guitar around a cadenced percussion, impressively tying together in a complemented ricochet. The distortion of instruments adorns the raucous vocals and magnifies the lyrical intensity, sealed together in a buoyant demonstration of apparatus. ‘Loathe’ conceives an impression of nostalgia, ostensible of influences such as TSSF and Four Year Strong, weaving through a plethora of individual seductions to manipulate the collective of the current pop punk.

To hear more of Lake Sycamore, you can find their uploaded material via Apple Music or Spotify.

To keep updated with Lake Sycamore, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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[REVIEW] Trophy Jump – haphazard, MARCH 29TH

Croatian quintet, Trophy Jump, are about to release their upcoming EP, haphazard on March 29th that’s teasing an overall nostalgic vibe, toying with convivial senses. Growing as a band since formation in 2014, haphazard displays a combination of wistful tones characterised by their influences such as Rancid and NOFX in a contemporary mannerisms of the current punk rock scene.

Kicking off the album with Comfort Zone, the perky and light melodic nature is captivating, lyrically infectious and heavy on the bass. The short run-time of the track is teasing, leaving more to be desired, but quickly moving into the next track, Not That Kind Of Guy. The most appealing aspect of Trophy Jump’s haphazard is it’s lively chords, complimented by a sturdy, bouncy bass line that steals the spotlight. It’s a well-rounded installment for Trophy Jump, offering upbeat and nearly nostalgic tones representative of when the scene exploded on social media back in 2009. Chicago Kid, one of two of the longer running tracks of the EP, is by far a favourite. Experimenting with melodies and harmonies, it moves in linear motion with fluidity and providing more insight to the chemistry and talents of each instrument. It really does give the EP more depth, playing with different resonances in well-constructed verses. Taking this progression into the next track, Trophy Jump feels like an entirely different composition by the time you read the end of the EP, establishing themselves in their sound and dominating their talents. Remete Hills ends their installment, verifying their dynamic configuration.

haphazard is currently available to preorder via Horn and Hoof Records, Croatia’s JeboTon and Punk & Disorderly Records. Due for release on March 29th, the EP was recorded, mixed and mastered with Dominik Kisić, and the design art by Korana Jelovac.

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