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 I’ll introduce you to your favourite band.
Without further ado, here’s a few bands to check out this month…
Straight out of the Robin Hood county of Nottingham, Catch Fire have made a real name for themselves over the past few years. In 2018, the four-piece released their debut full-length album, ‘Karma Owes Me a Lifetime of Happiness’; an introverted, brooding album with tinges of Knuckle Puck mixed with the punchiness of their British predecessors such as Trash Boat and Boston Manor.
Having emarked on a UK tour in February of this year, and an appearance at Camden Rocks Festival this month, Catch Fire are one of the bands who I feel have a real staying power in this scene.
FFO: Knuckle Puck, The Story So Far, The Wonder Years
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While a lot of bands in the UK scene have gone in a lighter, more poppy direction when it comes to their music, Havelocke have done the exact opposite. Formerly called Fierce Morgan and based out of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, the four-piece’s sound has more of a post-hardcore and ‘00s emo flair than the conventions of modern pop punk.
Having just released a music video for their single ‘Faceless’, the group’s debut EP ‘This Is Havelocke’ is releasing next month. If you’re more into the post-hardcore side of things — this might be the band for you.
FFO: Thursday, Rise Against, Alexisonfire
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Formerly the lead singer of Birmingham band Layover, Luke Rainsford has earned a reputation as one of the rising stars of the UK pop punk scene. His intense style as a singer-songwriter mixes sultry acoustic tones with honest and personal lyrics and one of the strongest work ethics in the scene.
Having played major festivals such as 2000Trees, and having opened for As It Is on their acoustic tour, Luke Rainsford’s track record is as extensive as his discography. The two albums and one full-band EP he has under his belt contain some of the most earnest and deeply personal songwriting I’ve heard from an artist in the alternative scene, and I’m really excited to see what he ends up doing in the future.
FFO: This Wild Life, Modern Baseball, Sorority Noise
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Formed in 2018 in Brighton, on England’s south coast, DIY-punk trio All Better have channeled their love for the sound of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s into a sound that’s memorable, riffy and a hell of a lot of fun. Their debut EP ‘A Turn At Being Cool’ was released last year to rave reviews; from there, the three-piece’s relentless touring and musicianship has garnered them a lot of fans in the underground scene.
Whilst All Better haven’t quite made it into the mainstream as of yet, they’re a band with great potential and a whole lot of heart. Their sophomore effort ‘How It All Worked Out’ will be released next weekend on Real Ghost Records; I’m really hoping I’ll see them gain more attention from here.
FFO: Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, Relient K
Having just released a music video for their single ‘Happy Sad’ last month, and announced their debut album ‘Barebones’, Victory Lane have the potential to be one of the great breakout bands of the UK scene. With members residing in Birmingham and London, the group’s intricate guitar work combined with lead singer Dan Lamb’s R&B-tinged vocals make the band stand out to me particularly amongst this new wave of pop punk.
With ‘Barebones’ coming out in late July, things seem to be looking nothing but up for Victory Lane. I can expect they’ll be emarking on some pretty awesome tours in the future; you can count on me following them closely.
FFO: Roam, State Champs, Mayday Parade
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