Modern pop punk might not be the most varied genre in the world, but it is damn enjoyable to listen to. And nothing is more exciting than checking out a new band, and praying that you like them.
Luckily, pop punk newcomers Storm Harbour are one of these bands that we like.
The quintet have been leaving their mark across the North West for the past year, but are now ready to take on the rest of the country with their debut self-titled EP.
The EP kicks off with the bouncy, 90s-sounding ‘Backbone’. The track’s soaring vocals, energetic, optimistic riffs, and all around catchiness, makes it the perfect track to introduce Storm Harbour. ‘Alchemy’ moves into a more New Found Glory-esque realm with its thoughtful lyrics and pop punk-infused rock melody. Two tracks in, and Storm Harbour have already proved that making attention-grabbing, catchy pop punk tunes have nothing to do with what stage of your career you’re in.
There’s a somewhat gentle quality to Storm Harbour—something that is missing in most pop punk bands nowadays. Singer Ally Bowie’s soft vocals give the tracks a very expressive, 90s alt-rock vibe. This is especially clear in the punchy, melodic ‘Sink Or Swim’. ‘Breaking Point’ has a similar alt-rock edge, but features a darker, harsher sound. Its sharp riffs and raw gang vocals compliment the moody tones of the track. The song definitely highlights a different side of the band and shows the kind of diversity we can expect to see from them in the future.
This self-titled release is definitely something we’ll be jamming to for a while. So if 90s-inspired-alt-rock-infused-pop-punk is your thing, check out Storm Harbour.