The UK has produced a great many amazing pop punk bands over the past decade. This small island off the coast of Europe has been responsible for a mini-British invasion in the genre, with bands such as Neck Deep, Trash Boat and Creeper carrying the torch for the next generation of pop punk bands.
But the UK has a great deal of talent that may have fallen under the radar stateside. 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…
Formed in 2017 with members residing around the UK, pop punk trio SHADED have been blowing up in the UK recently. They released their second EP, ‘A Familiar Love’, in October of last year, and they’ve been relentlessly touring around the UK and Europe since.
The trio have an impressive resume, having toured with bands such as Stand Atlantic, PVMNTS and Forever Came Calling. While the band have only recently started making headway in the music scene, their hardworking attitude and tour schedule signals that the trio have a lot of staying power, and I’m really excited to see what the group does next.
FFO: State Champs, Broadside, With Confidence
Hailing from Dorset in the south-west of England, pop punk quartet Weatherstate have been making waves in the scene since their inception in 2013. Whilst a lot of the pop punk being made in the UK takes influence from genres such as emo and hardcore, Weatherstate look to grunge and ‘90s punk for their inspiration — and what’s resulted is a blend of pop punk, grunge and garage rock that’s a breath of fresh air in a saturated genre.
Their debut album, ‘Born a Cynic’, is being released on the 10th May via Failure By Design Records, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the band gets a lot more attention from here.
FFO: Green Day, Muskets, Sum 41
THIS TIME LAST YEAR
This Time Last Year are an emo-influenced pop punk quartet coming out of Leeds, West Yorkshire. The band’s bio describes them as ‘binding the energy of the 2000s with the raw edge of contemporary emo’; the band’s track record doesn’t disappoint either, with an impressive history of shows behind them, including Slam Dunk Festival in 2018. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them a few times as well, and their energy and passion onstage was something I was really impressed by.
Their newest singles ‘Just Talk’ and ‘Where Did the Time Go’ are good introductions to their sound, and they have some new material coming out this summer.
FFO: The Starting Line, Knuckle Puck, WSTR
DEATH BY SHOTGUN
If you like your pop punk with a bit more of an acoustic flair, Death By Shotgun are the band for you. Based in Bournemouth on the south coast of England, the quartet are known in underground circles for their earnest lyrics and guitar hooks that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Bruce Springsteen record.
While they still aren’t as well-known as they could be yet, they’ve established themselves in both the UK and European DIY music scenes, and their EP ‘Good Times // Sad Times’ shows that they have a lot of potential. This is a band to really watch out for.
FFO: The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers, Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties
Rising from the ashes of bands such as Yeah Detroit, Woes formed in 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland, and since then haven’t shown any signs of stopping. In the past three years, they’ve released two EPs as well as a single, ‘Suburbs’, in early 2019, and have played with a whole plethora of pop punk bands in both the UK and overseas.
They’re currently on tour in Europe with punk rock legends Millencolin, and have a debut album planned for release later in the year. I would say that it would be amazing to see these guys blow up, but they’re well on their way to becoming an international sensation on the level of WSTR or even Neck Deep.
FFO: Neck Deep, Seaway, WSTR