The last couple of years have seen a huge rise in bands that have created a strong American pop-punk scene, and the UK is quick to follow. A four-piece from Bridgend in South Wales, deceptively named ‘Manhattan Coast’, are getting ready for the release of their third EP, ‘This One’s for You’.
The five-track EP, set to be released on the 17th February, will be promoted through seven live dates across Europe, with the band playing Germany, Belguim, The Netherlands with Run From Robots, before returning home to the UK to play three dates with fellow UK pop-punk band, Forever After.
South Wales has produced bands that have reached impressive heights, such as Kids In Glass Houses, The Blackout and Funeral For A Friend, and Manhattan Coast are set to follow this path. Having only formed in 2011, the band have put in a serious amount of work to gain fans over the last two years. They’ve secured support slots with heights such as Kids In Glass Houses and Blitz Kids, as well as receiving air time from Radio One, all of which are invaluable to the success of a growing band. 2014 is looking promising in terms of their further success, with an EP release and tour dates, they are certain to gain more well-deserved fans.
Manhattan Coast cite bands such as Taking Back Sunday, Head Automatica, A Day to Remember and Four Year Strong as influences, and each of these influences are evident in their work. Lead vocals, provided by Nick Lan,e are comparable to the pop-punk vocal work of Daryl Palumbo, lead singer of Head Automatica, giving the band an unmistakably similar sound. Heavy base lines and gang vocals show the influences taken from Four Year Strong and more recent A Day to Remember work, whilst the bands style of drumming and use of guitar riffs show an appreciation for Taking Back Sunday’s work.
All of these influences combined create a somewhat familiar sound that, rather than sounding unoriginal, allows you to quickly immerse yourself in the music without having to adjust to a totally new style of pop-punk. Despite this, Manhatten Coast bring their own passion, aggression and soul to the table, making their work certainly worth a listen. The EP holds undeniably catchy tunes with hooks and lines that you’ll find hard to get out of your head and will leave you wanting to catch their next show.
Their Previous EP, “Beg, Borrow, Steal”, is available to listen to on Spotify now, and ‘This One’s For You’ is available from the 17th February in both physical and digital forms, available through all good retailers.
Tour dates can be found on their Facebook page, and their Bridgend show is free entry, so certainly worth a trip down if you’re in the area.