Unsigned band of the month: Feral Youth

April’s unsigned band of the month are the fantastic Feral Youth who gave IPWT a glimpse of their gorgeous, grungy EP Sugar earlier this month. I caught up with them again to chat about the recording process. Feral Youth has been playing together for just over a year and met through connections in Brighton, their hometown.


Current line up:

Harry, 21 – Vocals and rhythm guitar
Jonny, 20 – Lead guitar and backing vocals
Jess, 19 – Bass guitar
Georgia, 20 – Drums

Tell us about the EP’s conception?

The EP grew just by exploring our sound and how we work together. We also wanted to explore the dynamics in having more stripped back, minimal verses compared to huge, powerful instrumentals. We all have parts of each song that we could properly express ourselves musically and contribute our own ideas. At no point was it a case of one person taking full control – for every step it has been a group effort.

How long did Sugar take to put together?

The songs on Sugar slowly became part of our live set, taking place as the finale in the set. After many months gigging and rehearsing we refined them, before one intense day of recording.

What are you most excited about for your EP?

People finally hearing our music and being able to understand how we want to be heard.

What’s your dynamic like as band?

We’re all into different music and mixing it together becomes something cool. With writing, Harry comes up with the structure or Jonny or Jess writes a riff and then we all add the rest letting our personalities and influences leak in.

What do you guys like to do when you’re not playing/practicing?

We all work a lot. Georgia likes to go to the gym and video edit. Jonny likes going to gigs, making other types of music and charity shopping. Harry makes art and writes a lot, and Jess likes to read and go to gigs.

What would you say is your biggest challenge as an unsigned band?

Getting gig slots is always competitive and we constantly work to get more shows. It can be difficult because we’re trying to do all of it ourselves and relying on our own networking skills – this is particularly difficult when trying to branch out and get shows outside of Brighton, in new and unfamiliar places.

What motivates you as a band?

Receiving a positive response when we play a great show is the most exciting feeling. To feel that people understand what we are trying to convey is really special.

What are your plans for the future?

We want to gig as much as possible, and also try to play festivals, continue to write and record music. Our music is best in a live environment so we need to get out there as much as possible. We also have plans for a music video and a double single that we want to record over summer.

Anything else you’d to tell people?

Buy our EP please.

Check out Sugar on Spotify and follow Feral Youth on Facebook!

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NEW MUSIC: PRIESTS TO PILOTS – REMEMBER ME, WITH FAVOUR

Priests to Pilots are a 4 piece UK pop-punk band from London. The group has just released their debut EP, Remember me, with Favour, which is available on spotify, itunes, and soundcloud.


Remember Me feels very reminiscent of Blink 183, characterised by vocal guitar leads and simple drums timings. The start of Hopeless, the final track of the EP, could be mistake for Blink’s California.

Each of the four tracks are easy to relax into, and don’t feel like like they need the time and effort to ‘get into’ that sometimes comes with finding new bands. Maybe because Priests to Pilots sounds so early 20oos pop punk, they feel like your secondary school favs, than something modern.

Priests to Pilots instrumentals are solid and show a lot of potential, and although the vocals are technically sound, they could use a little more force and passion. At times, the vocals get lost under the guitar, which takes away from the EP production value.

But Remember me is an EP full of skill and capability. Priests to Pilots may need to work on finding a sound unique to them, but when they get there, they definitely have the talent to make it something really memorable.

INTRODUCING: Coldfront

Coldfront are a Canadian pop punk four piece currently signed to Equal Vision records. They have just completed five shows across Ontario with Bearings. I caught up with them just before they left, to catch up about all things tour-related.


Current line up:

Tom Stewart, 24: Vocals

Chris Casarin, 25: Guitar/Vocals-25

Micheal Kelly, 25: Drums

Jared Cipak, 24: Guitar

Have you toured together before?

Me and Mike were in a band before this called Fire Away and we got to go across Canada with a band called Greater than Giants that was mine and Miles’ first real tour out of town/province.

What the craziest thing to ever happen at a gig?

One of the shittiest things to happen to us at a gig was when our van broke down outside the venue in Lincoln Nebraska with the trailer on it and we had to get one of the other bands we were touring with to come get the trailer while we got the van towed to our hotel to deal with in the morning. In Butte Montana we met some locals there on our way through we stopped to get some food and ended up staying the night and getting wasted with some locals and met the soldier who shot Bin Laden. It was wild.

What’s the hardest part of being on the road?

It’s such a cliché answer but honestly it’s not being home and having your routine and your bed to sleep in. Some nights we don’t know where we are sleeping. And just keeping sane in the van with out killing each other.

How do you prepare for going to stage?

Me personally, I generally have a wobbly pop or two before getting on stage, but I also do a vocal warm up in the van by just singing a couple old jams and humming. The other guys have their own little rituals. Jared plays his guitar in the corner with headphones on and Mike just hits his practice pad for a while to warm up and Tom and I do vocal warm ups together.

What are the things you can’t go on tour without?

My laptop. I need to be able to watch something on those long drives and it’s just handy to have. And our Cornhole set up, the boys in seaway showed us the way of ornhole and now we take it on every tour.

How do you find looking after/moving your equipment around the country?

As long as you have a routine and you stick to it, like how you pack the trailer what you do with your gear once your in the venue and have the proper protective cases for your gear it becomes real easy, moving said cases up and down stairs is not fun though.

Where’s the best place you’ve played so far?

Florida was very rad and had a cool pop punk scene and also Vancouver was just gorgeous so that was just nice.

How do you get the crowd hyped?

I like to usually ask them a favour, make it awkward and then just call them out when they aren’t doing it. Or just run out into the crowd sometimes!

What do you guys like to do when your not playing/practicing?

On tour if we have a off day we usually like to play Cornhole or go to the beach and cliff dive where we can. But when we’re home we’re all working full time.

What are you plans for the future?

We plan to release our first full length record very soon and tour very heavily in the next year, we want to make this band our full time job.

Anything else you’d like to talk about?

Just like to thank anyone who has stuck around with us, and to stick tight because we will be dropping our full length very soon.

Check out Coldfront’s music and Facebook here.

FOUR ways to support your local music scene

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Every band started out in their parents basement trying to book gigs at the local pub and transporting their instruments to practice in the back of their mate’s Corsa. Without support, even the most talents bands are going to struggle to get the recognition they deserve. So how can you help to support your local music scene and discover some hidden gems in the process?


1) Turn up!
One of the best ways to support local music is to support the venues that host their gigs. Support with your patronage and show the venue how much you appreciate live music events by turning out, buying tickets and drinks.

2) Share, share, share
Help local bands get a bigger following by sharing their music, gigs, videos all over your social media. Hey, you could even start a blog about it….
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3) Show them the money
The best way to support anything you enjoy and want to continue enjoying is to monetize it. Making music can be expensive, practice spaces need to be hired, instruments maintained, venues booked… the list goes on. If you want to help your unsigned favs, find out how you can contribute. Pay entry to their gigs or find out if they have a patreon page or any other way to donate. And of course, buy their music legally!

4) Volunteer your skills
A lot of work goes into getting fantastic music out their, and not all of it can be done by the musicians. Got Photoshop and a free hour? Offer to make a poster for their next gig. Volunteer to usher at an event or even do sound tech. Help them get in contact with press if you have the contacts.

How do you support your local scene? Comment below or tweet @poppunkmum

NEW MUSIC: Feral Youth – Sugar

Feral Youth is a four piece alt rock band from Brighton, describing themselves  as ‘dreamy-grunge’. Their first EP Sugar, is release March the 28th and they gave In Punk We Trust a sneak preview.


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Feral Youth certainly live up to their name. Their first debut EP Sugar, is angry and lamenting in a dream-pop-meets-Nirvana kind of way.

Sugar is teenage angst as it should be. Angry rhythms and baselines meet deep, melancholic vocals to create something that wouldn’t feel out of place in those late, blurred hours of a house party but you could also yell along to it in your room.

The EP’s opening track Strangers is in intoxicately grunge, while Thirsty for More packs a heavier punch with biting guitar riffs and suspense building drum lines.

The EP is brought to a moody and howling close by Miles, a grief-stricken song railing against the separation of lovers.

The production on Sugar feels very high, but it still maintains it’s garage band charm. Overall, the instrumentals feel stronger than the vocals, but Sugar is a brutally strong start for this Brighton 4 piece.

Sugar will be out on March the 27th (I’ll be posting links on the IPWT twitter and insta, so you can’t miss it) and launched properly on April the 3rd with a party at The Joker Brighton – where entry is completely free.

Will you be heading out to The Joker on the 3rd? Comment below or tweet @poppunkmum

NEW TRACK: No Vacation – Mind Fields

No Vacation have released their first song after re-uniting as a band.

Mind Fields is heavily influenced by the bands break up and has been described by The Fader as “a misty rock song with dreamy hooks”.

What started as an alt rock duet in 2015 quickly evolved into a five piece before releasing their debut album, Summer Break.

They band broke up later that year, but have returned to the scene with this buoyant and wistful sound.

Check it out here.

What do you guy think about the new track? Comment below or tweet @poppunkmum