Catchy choruses, a broken heart, and punchy guitars; a tried and tested recipe for a pop-punk hit and one that West Midlands’ You Know The Drill show no sign of breaking away from on their second EP, ‘Selfhood’.
Wearing their influences on their sleeve, You Know The Drill are two parts Neck Deep, one part The Story So Far, and a pinch of late 00s era Blink-182 thrown in for good measure.
The band have been taking off on the UK pop-punk scene since the release of their 2016 debut EP, ‘Losing Streak’, drafting in heavyweights of the scene Seb Barlow and ROAM‘s own Alex Adam on production duties on this follow-up.
While ‘Selfhood’ certainly doesn’t break any new ground musically, it has some great sing-along moments that will no doubt become festival favourites in the near future. Lead singles ‘Homesick’ and ‘Snake Eyes’ are pop-punk anthems in the making, while standout track ‘Suspect’ features an unshakable chorus reminiscent of early Fall Out Boy.
No release from this genre would be complete without a token acoustic track, and ‘Selfhood’ is no exception with ‘Blossom’. It’s a little saccharine and feels like it has been included simply to meet expectations.
‘Selfhood’ is a solid release following the mantra “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” from a group who are developing their sound whilst writing the pop-punk anthems of tomorrow.
Hopefully when it comes to the time for a full-length, You Know The Drill will know how to and will be brave enough to divert from the drill every now and then.
Usually found teaching A Levels, drinking gin, digging for vinyl or dancing like an idiot.