Shiny happy south coast pop punk anyone? Then look no further than Southampton five-piece The City Calls.
Since forming in 2009, the band have already achieved quite a lot. Support slots for bands such as Futures, Twenty Twenty and The Mission District, sold out headline shows in their home-town and even a slot on the bill at 2010’s Glastonbury Festival. “To play at one of the most prestigious, famous and biggest festivals in the world was an honour and I think we all cherish a damn good memory from it” said front man Lucas.
After releasing their debut EP ‘Dirty Tricks’ last summer, the band have already finished recording a follow up which will be released later this year. Lucas said; “We recently finished up in the studio and we are super excited to get the final mixes and get the record out to the public. It's a big step for us. We put a lot of time, heart and practice into these songs and its sounding great.”
Writing their pop-punk anthems is a structured process for The City Calls. “Scotty (guitar/vocals) will write out chord progressions, some lead lines and a structure for the song and we'll go through it all with two guitars until we're happy with it all” said Lucas; “I'll then spend a few days listening to a demo of the song and collecting melody ideas and start writing the lyrics. Then we take to the rehearsal room and make it sound as big as possible.”
New single ‘Truth Or Dare’ is effortlessly infectious with a teenage angst fuelled chorus and plenty of sing-a-long moments. It’s also accompanied by a suitably sunny and fun-packed video. The band have a quintessential You Me At Six vibe and also list Blink 182, All Time Low and New Found Glory among their influences. However, Lucas adds; “We could get into Scotty's love for The Police and John's (drums) love for Muse.”
Fans of the video blog, the band have several tour and studio diaries on YouTube, allowing the fans to see what they are getting up to. “When we’re not making music, we're normally out there letting people know about the band, working on other things that help the band grow: Merchandise, Promotion, Partying” said Lucas.
The band start touring the UK on April 15th so if you’re partial to a bit of energetic pop-punk - as well as colourful hoodies and the sweepy fringe - then look out for them in town near you.
The City Calls - Truth Or Dare from iammightyrecords on Vimeo.