Reckless Intentions open up about upcoming EP ‘Lights’

Reckless Intentions are a pop punk band gearing up to release a new EP, Lights. We decided it was about time we caught up with these gentlemen to have a few words about the band themselves and what they’ve been aiming for with Lights.

Reckless Intentions gave us a valuable insight into their headspace, so see what they had to say!

1. For those unfamiliar, how would you describe Reckless Intentions?

We’re probably nostalgic pop-punk with a new twist. I’m always awful at putting a label on things, but that seems to be the verdict from the people who’ve listened to us!

2. You’re playing a lot of shows over the next few months, what can people expect from them?

Well we properly go for it – by the end of our shows, there’s normally some blood stained instrument or something. We’re really excited to try out some new material as well, and there’s always a lot of variety in our sets, so hopefully everyone will have a good time.

3. Do you have any particularly stand-out moments from previous live shows?

It’s probably going to sound pretty strange, but my earplugs tend to take a lot of the shine away from what we’re playing, so I can never really hear how we sound live, particularly audience reactions etc. We were playing a show at The Hope & Ruin in Brighton, where we couldn’t really see the crowd due to the lighting, and I was convinced that we were playing really badly, so I took my earplugs out midway through a song. Even though we were still playing the track, everyone was cheering and seemed to be having a great time, and that paired with actually being able to hear our band sounding great live, without any self-consciousness or uncertainty was a really sweet moment for me.

I wouldn’t recommend taking your earplugs out too often though, kids, tinnitus is a bitch.

4. You’ll be releasing your EP Lights in just over a month, would you say you’re more nervous or excited?

I think it’s a mix of the two. We’ve had some great responses from reviewers for the actual EP, and the songs get a lot of praise when we play them live, which gives me confidence that if we can find our target audience that we can definitely take some big steps forward; but at the same time, we know that some people won’t like us, and there’s bound to be criticism along the way, which we’ll just have to brush off and keep believing in what we’re doing.

5. What were your main inspirations for writing the EP, and did you have any specific goals going into writing it?

We’d done a lot of experimenting and playing around with our sound when we first started as a band, so we were really keen to have a clear identity as a band by the time we recorded our first EP, which I think we definitely managed to do. A lot of thought went into the details in each track, and we tried to do something that was undeniably ‘us’, and not just another rip-off of a much bigger band. Personally, the inspiration for the lyrics was growing up in a suburb filled with people who cared more about appearance than meaning. The main theme of the release is about feeling lost and trying to find your place.

6. As a band, do you have a collective dream?

Warped Tour has been brought up on quite a few occasions – it’s obviously quite an endurance test, but we love the idea of spending the whole summer travelling and playing shows in the States, especially considering their consistently strong line-ups.

7. Who would be your dream to tour with?

Probably someone like Green Day – a huge artist on both a global and personal level. It’d be amazing to do shows with the bands that made us who we are, and to play some of the venues they play at on tour would be a dream come true for us.

8. If you were to release a split EP with another UK band, who would it be?

We’re really into Penelope Tree’s last EP, who we’re going on tour with this month. They’ve got a really good way of combining ambient emotion with their own brand of powerful pop punk – we’re big fans!

With that, you’re going to have to wait for more info on Reckless Intentions and their exciting new EP Lights! We will, of course have all the latest – so don’t stray far!

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Reckless Intentions – Lights [EP]

Opening up Reckless Intentions‘ Lights is Ghost Town which explodes with pop punk energy. Octave chords and a strong bassline make this track what it is, but the vocal style would have benefitted from taking a leaf from The Story So Far or Boston Manor and adding a load more grit into the vocals which would have fronted the energy of the band much better from the very start of the release. The more emo feel to the vocals leaves the punchy and fairly aggressive instrumentation to fall a bit flat, especially in the most whiny parts. Following this comes single Stitches which feels a lot more like an alt-rock song than the previous attempt on the release. The whiny lack of power in the forced-accent vocals actually works well here, and added harmonies through certain lines adds some depth that remains promising.

L I G H T S is the third track which is an instrumental. It is the best of the first half from its inherent control over the instrumentation which is honestly very good. This is let down a bit again in fourth track Outcast where the forced accent on the vocals is just not working out well, and the tuning has some issues too. Contrasting this fully is the final track Home which is an all-round brilliant song. Instrumentation and vocals gel incredibly well, and the opening demonstrates the true ability of frontman Matty Halliwell’s voice.

The overarching feeling across the tracks is a lack of inspiration really. The obvious exception is Home, where Reckless Intentions come into their own and this is the main area that has legs to go forward into the next release. Not a bad release, but 4 of 5 tracks are fairly generic and could do with something to set them apart whereas Home has a newfound power and emotion that is lacking elsewhere in the EP.

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Vegas Lights cover The Weeknd, announce debut single

Detroit 4-piece Vegas Lights have released a cover or The Weeknd hit Starboy ft. Daft Punk.

Vocalist Parker Malcolm said: “We’re all huge fans of the Weeknd, and we were definitely excited to team up with our production team to put out the Vegas version of Starboy.”

The release comes ahead of their debut single Just Like Hollywood, coming next month.

Watch the video for the cover below. You can also purchase it here.