Maypine are a fresh pop punk band from the south of England readying up to release their new EP In The Back Of My Mind before they launch into a UK tour in August.
First track up A Little Sooner sees the band kick off in brazen confidence, with thick guitar and a punchy drum beat. The vocal style is powerful, reminiscent of other prolific UK artists like Decade and Homebound. A Little Sooner has a strong chorus carrying through the song, although it’s lyrical content is nothing groundbreaking.
North / South Divide opens in a similar tone; the production of the EP is very well polished into audible style. The band have a good sense of pace, allowing the song to fall back for a more vocally centered section. The song builds back up to full pace to carry to carry the momentum through to the next track. A gang vocal chorus in Inside Out distinguishes the chorus nicely before rocking back onto a simple but effective riff. That aside, the song does little to stretch the borders of the EP.
Never Far Apart begins with acoustic strumming before the vocals come in over the top. It’s a nice break from the full bodied band sound pushing through the EP so far. The song discusses missing a family member or friend as they grow up, and becomes sincerely heartfelt as the song progresses.
Day After Day has the band stepping back up with renewed vigour. The song deals with un-surety of the future, and is a good continuation from Never Far Apart. It’s the strongest track on the EP, with a solid chorus expresses some of the band’s best songwriting. Day After Day lays In The Back Of My Mind to rest, and it’s easy to see the band closing their sets with this track.
In The Back Of My Mind is an EP which performs consistently even if it does take its time to really show the band at their top potential. The likes of A Little Sooner and Inside Out are good songs, but Maypine come into their own on Day After Day. Maypine are certainly a band you’ll be hearing more of.