Layby – Chronic review

LAYBY2Earlier this year, Nottingham pop-punkers Layby released their debut EP, Bombsite. The quintet dropped their three track release (which you can stream below) this summer, and followed up the work by taking to Macmillan Fest’s acoustic stage (you can read our review here). With influences ranging right across pop-punk, from Green Day to The Story So Far, it’s not surprise that the EP is so infused with it. And there’s more to come…

Early 2015 is set to see the local triumph release their second EP; the lead track, Chronic, is an absolute corker. Lighter undertones last through the percussion heavy opening, before frontman Aaron Bowes’s vocals tear into the music. The pacey instrumental contrasts the soaring lyrics perfectly to form a true yet original pop-punk sound, with a hooking middle eight fading into a powerful ending that’ll be massively impressive at a live show. Addictive and punchy, it’s a sure and promising way to start the sophomore release.

Their forthcoming release sees them work with James Hill (Bring Me The Horizon, Me Vs Hero, ROAM) at the famous Steel City Studios in Sheffield, and January 3rd sees the five-piece play Nottingham’s first pop-punk festival, alongside the likes of Lacey and On The Open Road. You can read the full article on the festival here, which includes a few quick fire questions with the band.

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