Pop Punk band Homebound are releasing their latest E.P. The Mould You Build Yourself Around on February 10th.
By Jane Howkins.
Farnham pop-punk quartet Homebound are about to release their third E.P. The Mould You Build Yourself Around, and they have a lot to live up to, judging by some of the other bands on Rude Records’ roster (Less Than Jake, Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory etc)!
Thankfully, this E.P. is generally good, consisting of five anthemic pop-punk tunes that could put even the most miserable person into a summery mood. There’s nothing particularly game-changing about the music that the band make, but if you’re looking for something to listen to that is fun and has big choruses to sing along to, then Homebound are your band.
There’s a confidence to the band that is inspiring, giving promise for their future aspirations. The way vocalist Charlie Boughton belts his lyrics out shows a band that are not afraid to bear their emotions on their sleeves, and the group harmonising that emerges on each song is also nice to hear alongside Boughton’s voice. Sharp riffs and frenetic drumming are present throughout, adding a ferocity to the vocals that fits just right.
The energy of the E.P. never really lets up, which is perhaps an intentional thing. This is the sound of a band trying to show that they can hold their own alongside the many other bands in the genre fighting to be top dog, and considering the pop-punk resurgence that seems to be occurring at the moment, it’s very important that Homebound keep this up.
It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and Homebound are very much aware of it. However, they’re almost there, and with a bit more originality they might just find themselves at the front of the pack.