Northshore – Alternative Futures [EP]

Northshore, formed in the UK in early 2017, have already recorded their debut EP Alternative Futures, due for release on 21st August via Scylla Records. With this in mind, the listener will be surprised and how cohesive Northshore‘s sound is, as a newly formed band. The four track EP takes influences from State ChampsThe Maine and Dance Gavin Dance, to name a few. Northshore draw all these influences together and add their own twist to it, making something new and exciting in the world of UK pop punk.

Opening with Read Between The Lines, the catchy riff immediately grabs the listener. The lyrics are relatable, catchy and flow easily throughout the song. The second track is the debut single, Better Days. The juxtaposing cheerful music with the emotional lyrical content really grabs the listener’s attention and is an excellent example of the rest of the EP, and the best choice from the EP for the debut single. The opening track also uses this to some extent, but it is more noticeable in Better Days.

Coming Home is again a relatable song for listeners, the first chorus slowing down and asking ‘When are you coming home? I’ve got so much to tell you‘. The musical content is more dynamic in this track, building up and dropping out as required. The second chorus is more built up than the first. This track doesn’t use the traditional verse/chorus structure, and actually ends at 2 minutes 20 seconds, after the built up second chorus.

The final track, Alternative Futures, goes back to the usual pop punk feeling, and as the title track of the EP would make the best choice for a second single, if Northshore decide to release another track from this EP. Alternative Futures has the best guitar solo out of the entire EP, using musicality over technique, and really flowing with the rest of the song, incorporating themes from the main riff.

Northshore have really released something high quality for having only been together for less than a year. Alternative Futures spells out a promising future for the group, and they are already thinking about their next release. Although they have a tough act to follow with such a good EP, they are sure to outperform themselves and release something even better next time!


State Champs release acoustic version of ‘Secrets’

Pop punkers State Champs have released this acoustic version of Secrets with Popbuzz, this comes after announcing the upcoming release of their deluxe DVD edition of Around The World and Back, due out May 5th via Pure Noise Records. Of the acoustic performance the band had the following statement to make:

“Secrets is not only near and dear to us because it was the first single off of Around the World and Back, but our love for the track has only grown with this acoustic rendition. Although our acoustic appearances are few and far between, Secrets was always a stand out, laden with 3-part harmony and chunky guitars, so it was only right that we recorded it for the deluxe edition of the record.” 

Pre-order the DVD here and check out the trailer below if you haven’t caught it yet.



Northbound announce new EP

Northbound have announced they will release their new EP “The Flaws Of Everything” on the 21st April.

The track “Fade To Black” was premiered last night on BBC Radio 1 during Dan Carter’s show, check out the video for the track below:

Track Listing:

1. Fade to Black

2. Well Water

3. Suitor Type

4. Tell Me Something Good

5. Lonely Squid

Pre-Order “The Flaws Of Everything” below:

Northbound are currently on tour with State Champs and As It Is  at the following dates

Feb 28th – Luxor Koln, Germany
Mar 1st – Logo Hamburg, Germany
Mar 2nd – BI NUU Berlin, Germany
Mar 3rd – Arena Vienna, Austria
Mar 5th – Legend Club Milan, Italy
Mar 6th – Die Stadtmitte Karlsruhe, Germany
Mar 7th – Trix Antwerp, Belgium
Mar 9th – Engine Rooms Southampton, United Kingdom
Mar 10th – O2 Academy Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 11th – O2 Ritz Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 13th – Riverside Newcastle, United Kingdom
Mar 14th – O2 ABC Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 16th – Beckett Leeds, United Kingdom
Mar 17th – O2 Institute Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 18th – O2 Forum London, United Kingdom

Northbound links



State Champs Drop New Video

Pop-Punk giants State Champs have today dropped a brand new video for their track Losing Myself. The track comes off their release of last year Around The World, and with its fun new video the track still manages to pack a punch of upbeat riffs and powerful sound that State Champs deliver time and again. The video directed by Kyle Trash is somewhat pushed as a promo video for a water park, but without further a do check out the video for State Champs’ Losing Myself below.

Less Than Jake Sign To Pure Noise Records

Independent record label Pure Noise Records have announced the recent signing of Less Than Jake to their eclectic roster joining acts like; The Story So Far, State Champs and Four Year Strong among others.

Less Than Jake said in the press release:
These days putting out new records for LTJ has become a lesson in record collecting, but the choice of label is always about mutual respect. Watching Pure Noise work hard over the years and maneuver through the modern music industry should be a lesson for any labels that are just starting out. Couple that with how much they understand the history of LTJ, that they have favorite songs by the band, and understand where we are right now in our career, makes Pure Noise a perfect place for LTJ and the new release.”

The band have also announced a co-headline US tour with Pepper in January and February. Spotify pre-sale tickets take place Wednesday November 16th 8am – 8pm local time and general sale is Friday November 18th 10am local time.

The tour dates that have so far been announced for Less Than Jake and Pepper are:
Jan 20 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Jan 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Jan 22 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Jan 25 – San Diego, CA – North Park
Jan 26 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
Jan 27 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
Jan 28 – San Franciso, CA – Warfield
Jan 30 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Jan 31 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb 02 – SLC, UT – The Complex
Feb 03 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb 04 – Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock
Feb 06 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Feb 07 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Feb 08 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
Feb 09 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Feb 10 – Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Feb 11 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Feb 12 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Feb 15 – Portland, ME – State Theater
Feb 16 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Feb 17 – NYC, NY – Playstation Theater
Feb 18 – Huntington, NY – Paramount
Feb 19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Feb 21 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Feb 22 – Richmond, VA – The National
Feb 23 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Feb 24 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Feb 25 – St Augustine, FL – St Augustine Amphitheater
Feb 26 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution (Outdoor Stage)
Feb 28 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live

Raise Your Fall Release New Single For “4 AM”

For fans of We Are The In Crowd, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!, ROAM and State Champs comes a new Italian pop-punk quartet which mixes harmonic female and male vocal lines with dynamic catchy riffs.

Raise Your Fall’s new video 4 AM comes from the band taken from their new EP Echoes and can be watched in full below

The band will be touring the UK for the first time in January 2017. Dates are below for Raise Your Fall make sure you catch the group on a date near you. This is a group only on their second EP and with them already reaching a UK platform there’s no limit to how big this band can become.

In Her Own Words – Unfamiliar [REVIEW]

There are a lot more pop punk bands in this world that are taking more pages out of different genres books. This can be said for Los Angeles based quartet In Her Own Words who managed to stay in that pop punk labelled box but aren’t afraid to take anything with it. Being their next full-length record and another chance to show what they are made of, the band aren’t putting the brakes on just yet!

The band immediately know how to bring these infectious chord structures right from the get go with opener ‘Nothing Left’ sounding just as bouncy and electric as any modern pop punk song from this era. It shows off the bands knowledge around the genre which transcends down the entire record, even when you jump into the next track ‘Sink Your Teeth’ when you get a more speedier drum pattern. Especially in the choruses, the sound comes at you in a tornado-like fashion and just sweeps you off your feet. It’s something that fully grips you by the hand and takes you through a whirlwind of pop punk prowess.

The instrumentation on this entire record, for the most part, flows beautifully in and out of one another. Going from song to song the guitars help provide a strong backing element alongside the bass, whilst the harmonising lead parts make the tracks sound just as huge as pop songs on the radio do. The drums, albeit sound the same as most pop punk bands, don’t stray from the path too much and do their own thing and actually help make so many of the tracks feels original, with this point being exemplified during ‘Strangers’ as well as ‘Cut & Dry’.

With each song being full of either bounce, destruction or just full to the brim of pop punk goodness there seems to be a lack of demographic towards unbridled sad emotion within the playing. ‘I Could’ve Been’ somewhat touches on that by going on a small post hardcore route and the spoken word section reeks of Being As An Ocean, but you feel like at some point you would want a song or two of something much more emotive, even if it was acoustic, to help separate from some parts of the record that can sometimes get to feel a bit monotonous.

Finally, we reach to the vocals which has its own powerful, flavourful renditions for each single track. Having a small resemblance to Neck Deep’s Ben Barlow, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it helps with each word being distinctly heard and the lyrics being easy to understand as well as remember. The problem with that similarity though is that it kinda makes it hard to distinguish at some points and it could make you were listening to a side project he had yet to announce. With all that being mentioned, Joey Fleming has one hell of a voice and slots in superbly within the tracks given to him.

From start to finish, the band make something full of fun, enjoyment, angst and small touches of crazy to create something that bands would takes many, many years to reach. It goes to show that no matter how small a band might seem in your eyes, they can create something that can rival some of the veterans and throw in a few good punches.

Released: 14th October 2016
For Fans Of: Neck Deep / State Champs / Being As An Ocean
Label: InVogue Records