5 piece pop-punk band from Nottingham/Derby, High Tides are releasing their latest album I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over on the 17th March.
By Jane Howkins.
High Tides are a Nottingham based band who are set to release a mini-album in March, with the title I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over. They released an E.P. last year called Home Truths, but this is the band’s first album release (even with it being a mini-album), so it’s a particularly exciting time for them.
The band described themselves recently as ‘putting emo into pop-punk since 2015’, and whilst it’s arguable that emo and pop-punk have been inextricably linked ever since both genres have existed, this is a decent way to sum up High Tides and the music they make. Their songs veer further down the pop-punk path than the emo route, but there are elements of both in there and it mixes together nicely.
Pop-punk and emo are both genres that can fall prey to being considered generic, but High Tides don’t seem to have that issue here. Their songs are catchy and melodic, featuring a set of fast riffs to balance out the equation. What’s also impressive is the production on I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over. For a band so new to the scene it’s impressive that this sounds so good. It’s clean and sharp but there’s still an edge to proceedings, which is great as it’s very easy for bands to fall into the trap of making the production overly clean.
This is a really good sophomore effort (we’re including last years Home Truths E.P. here), and we are excited to hear what the inevitable full length release from High Tides sounds like when it’s released.
click here to read an interview with the band.