Hailing from the lovely town of Nottingham, Layby have unleashed upon the world EP number two, ‘Life’s Great Illusions’ which consists of four frivolous, bouncy pop-punk anthems plus one pointless intro track.
Frankly, there’s nothing here that you haven’t heard before from the latest pop-punk bands, where the palm muted power chords are still laced with a second guitar melody and a handful of chugging breakdowns are yet again thrown in for good measure.
The vocals are still Americanised, and everything still points to New Found Glory, as it has done for the last ten years or so. There are some glimmers of originality on the likes of ‘Kicking & Screaming’, where things take a darker and more mature turn as opposed to the generic as fuck ‘Chronic’.
Though the music may be nothing new, Layby are surprisingly talented, with every member excelling at what they do. Their songs have a chemistry that would rival that of Walter White’s, and all of the tracks on offer here are executed flawlessly, especially for a pop-punk band.
It’s clear that these guys aren’t trying to revolutionise the pop-punk genre, but instead they have simply set out to make music they know and love, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Written by Andy Roberts (@Sassensquatch)