Despite only being a band for just over a year, Brighton pop-punk quintet Six Time Champion have released their sophomore EP, entitled ‘Expecting Honesty’. It’s a fast and furious five-track follow-up that could pave the way to a very successful 2015 for this young UK band. Considering how many new bands are taking a run at establishing themselves in the pop-punk industry, very few have enough genuine creativity behind them to stand out, but ‘Expecting Honesty’ shows that Six Time Champion have real potential.
Opening number ‘Running Dry’ wastes no time tearing into their Set Your Goals-esque sound, grabbing your attention from the off as frontman James Dagg showcases his gruff vocal style, pushing it to be steadily more impressive as the track goes on. Not to be out performed by the vocalist, sticksman Richard Titheradge and guitarists Will Smithers and Simon Glover champion the introduction to ‘Happiness In Emptiness’ to show just what this band can achieve together.
Title-track and impressive number ‘Expecting Honesty’ boasts an exciting chorus on which Dagg delivers a top quality vocal performance, really putting angst and emotion into the lyrics. Rounding off the record is ‘Separation’, which sees the band really come together with a blistering instrumental introduction leading into a fully-fledged pop-punk song that established bands in the genre would be proud of. It really demonstrates what potential this young quintet has.
Despite the fact that EPs don’t really give the band many opportunities to showcase their talent, ‘Expecting Honesty’ sees Six Time Champion waste no chances and really impress. With Chester boys Above The Underground calling it a day, there’s a real opportunity for an up-and-coming band to break into the pop-punk scene and, if Six Time Champion carry on as they have with this release, there’s no reason they couldn’t take advantage of this opportunity.
Written by Jonathon Barlow (@Narlow1)
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