Since their formation in 2015, New York pop punks From States Away have been turning heads. Their upcoming release, I Swear This Light Won’t Fade takes a clear influence from the likes of Knuckle Puck and State Champs, and is a promising contender in the pop punk scene.
Despite only offering 4 short singles, this release sure packs a punch. Opening single 'Night and Day' is the clear stand out on this EP, combining a diverse yet polished vocal with extremely catchy hooks to make for the perfect opener.
Stylistically, this EP doesn’t offer anything new. However, this shouldn’t be seen as a weakness. These guys clearly know how to piece together the perfect pop punk hit; catchy vocals and bouncy riffs can be found in every corner. These themes are apparent throughout the release, with singles 'Stalling Out' and 'Elm Street' keeping the energy on the EP at a high.
Downbeat ballad 'Hair' gives vocalist Chris Lauletti a chance to showcase personal and passionate lyrics, as well as an undeniable vocal talent. This single puts a personal spin on a somewhat faceless release and definitely sets the bar for upcoming pop punk.
Instrumentally, this release is everything a pop punk fan could hope for. These guys have showed us that the scene is very much alive and kicking.