Last month, I showcased five bands that I felt displayed some of the best bands in the UK pop punk scene. Now, I’m going to show you five more.
For being such a small country, the UK has a thriving pop punk scene filled with some amazing bands. In this segment, I’m going to introduce you to some of the undiscovered talent this country has to offer. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover your new favourite band.
Without further ado, here’s a few bands to check out this month…
THE BOTTOM LINE
One of the UK’s most prominent underground pop-punk bands, The Bottom Line have recently put out their new studio album, ‘No Vacation’, and re-established themselves as one of the top bands in the UK scene. With members from the south of England, the four-piece have spent the past few years building up a name for themselves, touring with big names such as Simple Plan and Waterparks and playing at festivals such as Download Festival and Teddy Rocks Fest.
Having released a multitude of singles and EPs — one of which features prominent nerdcore rapper MC Lars — The Bottom Line have displayed their staying power with their newest album, collaborating with artists such as Neck Deep, Mayday Parade and Fever 333 with the video for lead single ‘Reasons’. Their hard work has definitely paid off.
FFO: State Champs, Simple Plan, Neck Deep
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Hailing from Leeds, West Yorkshire, Eat Defeat are a band I’ve been following for quite a while. Whilst the band have been going for a variety of years (I first saw them back in 2015), the way they’ve made a name for themselves since the release of their debut album has been incredible. So far, the four-piece has had a very impressive list of achievements as a group, having released a full-length album, two EPs and a variety of entertaining music videos. They have also toured extensively around the UK, Europe and even a run of shows in Japan.
Eat Defeat’s debut full-length album, ‘I Think We’ll Be OK’, is an album focused on mental health and self-improvement, and one of my favourite albums from 2018. If you’re into introspective pop punk with a bit more edge to it, this might be the band for you.
FFO: The Swellers, Hot Water Music, The Flatliners
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Based in Hereford, Wales, Foxbite are an emo-tinged pop punk five-piece who have started making waves in their local Hereford music scene. Formerly known as Hide Your Eyes, Foxbite’s current iteration started in early 2019 with the release of their debut single, ‘Nauticus’.
More recently, they released their sophomore single ‘Hardly Slept At All’ — a song based on themes of isolation and camaraderie, channeling their emo influences with and upbeat tempo and gruff vocals. With this kind of material early on, I can definitely see Foxbite getting more well known as the year progresses.
FFO: The Get Up Kids, Taking Back Sunday, Saves the Day
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Though these guys aren’t strictly pop punk, I’m such a fan of them that I couldn’t help but include them. Living across the entire of England but based predominantly in London, itoldyouiwouldeatyou are one of the most interesting bands I’ve discovered so far. The seven-piece take influence from the sounds of midwest emo revival, blending it with lyrics covering sociopolitical issues and otherwise difficult topics.
itoldyouiwouldeatyou’s debut studio album, ‘Oh Dearism’, was released in November of last year, and the band have played a multitude of shows and festivals around the UK and Ireland, including a recent tour with Hellogoodbye and an appearance at 2000Trees Festival next weekend. These guys are one of the most unique and captivating bands I’ve seen come out of our music scene, and they’re definitely not one to miss.
FFO: Tiny Moving Parts, The Hotelier, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
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EVERYONE AND ANYONE
Welsh pop punkers Everyone and Anyone are a five-piece band who I’ve been following since the release of their EP ‘Anything Worth Having’. While the band have only been going for a couple years with two EPs under their belt, their hectic live schedule and impressive resumé of performances have made them a name worth following, having played Slam Dunk Festival in 2018 and more recently supported Neck Deep at their sold out show in Wrexham.
Whilst their work isn’t the most complex music out there, it doesn’t need to be. Their summery take on pop punk and positive attitude — particularly at their live shows — makes them stand out from the crowd of introspective UK pop punk bands, and cements them to me as a band I’m excited to hear more from. I can’t wait to hear what these guys have planned next.
FFO: Seaway, WSTR, Neck Deep
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