“This totally has a pop-punkier Alex Lahey vibe to it.” – Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed
Packing a punch with their bright pop-punk bravado, Sydney’s The Small Press are back, releasing their debut EP Is This What You Want?, premiered yesterday via TheMusic.
Energetic and upbeat, the four-piece’s radiant take on pop-punk shines across the project’s five tracks. Opening the EP with their three previously released singles, now remastered for this project, the opening is a brilliant introduction into The Small Press’ clever indie punk mix. Whether it be the fast paced ‘Not Afraid to Love You’, boppy ‘Console Kids’ or feel-good ‘Remona’, each single stands out with it’s own individual aesthetic.
Easing into ‘This Is Falling’, the first of the unreleased tracks, the group’s versatility is demonstrated brilliantly as they slow things down for this heartfelt piece. Ending on a bang, ‘8 Bit Summer’ is a scorcher which boasts gritty guitar lines and an addictive melody. Contrasting with the lively instrumental, lyrically the track is about a terrible relationship, the emotions during, and the aftermath.
“It’s a song about those days when you should be outside basking in the sun, but instead you just can’t help but do nothing, stay inside, sleep in and play videos games,” singer Maddie Gilholme explains.
Their three aforementioned singles were released last year, and saw spins on triple j’s Short.Fast Loud and Lunchtime shows, alongside praise across triple j Unearthed. Spending the majority of the year relentlessly gigging and honing their sound, the band have gone on to support the likes of ThelmaPlum, dave and HighTropics.
Making a name for their high paced live shows, hometown fans will be celebrating ‘Is This What You Want?’ at the EP launch show in Sydney tomorrow night!
For those who can’t hear the new tracks in person, jump into their exciting new project now!
‘Is This What You Want’ is out everywhere now!
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‘Is This What You Want?’ | EP
The Small Press ‘Is This What You Want?’ EP Launch