Formed in 2016, Brighton’s Maypine have rapidly progressed, already establishing themselves as one of the most up-and-coming UK pop-punk bands of 2018. Following their impressive debut EP ‘In The Back Of My Mind’, the band are back with brand new EP, ‘Bend/Break’.
Opening with ‘Give’, the EP immediately presents a heavy drum beat, almost iconic of the pop-punk genre, and brings an infectious start, closely followed in are lead vocalist Jason Payne‘s impressive vocals.
With an energetic yet almost sombre tone, lead single ‘Kodokushi’ comes next and, again, a focus on the drums continues before the vocals take over, and Payne sounds very similar to Josh Franchesci of You Me At Six. The track is classic pop-punk and plays it safe, not taking any risks or breaking any boundaries.
‘Weather’ takes a slight departure in sound, beginning as a rather slow and emotional track, but it quickly picks up the pace again towards and throughout the chorus. Closing things off with ‘Together Alone’ is a solid choice. Energetic, loud, and incorporating both impressive vocals and instrumentation, the EP ends sharply and swiftly.
Although only four songs, ‘Bend/Break’ is the perfect opener for what will hopefully be a full-length album at some point in the future. Despite the songs lacking a little too much differentiation and playing things a little too safe, it’s a solid effort and a promising start.
‘Bend/Break’ highlights the band’s talent and determination, and will be a strong contender for one of the best EPs of the summer.