Back in July Cheltenham based record company Don't Ask! Records released a four way split featuring Austeros, Happy Accidents, Isaac and Young Attenborough - four of the biggest new prospects in the punk rock scene. Each band contributed one song to the split, here's what I thought of it.
First band up were Cheltenham three piece Austeros with a song titled We Seem Okay. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the vocals, sounding like more of an indie pop style rather than anything I'm used to hearing on a punk record. As you might expect, considering my description of the vocals, it's an upbeat, catchy track that makes me smile and bop my head. My favourite song of the four is the second track, Rather Not Know by Happy Accidents. These three Londoners have a fantastic skill for making ridiculously catchy pop music that will be stuck in your head for days. The vocal delivery is short and punchy but packed with a huge dose of pop.
Isaac are an indie punk band from Nottingham and are the only band I hadn't heard of before getting this split. Compared to the first two tracks, there is a lot more of a mature feel to the song whilst still being an instant sing-along, good time track. Lastly we have Tales Of The Unexplained by Brighton's Young Attenborough. They are probably the most established band on the split and are one of the most unique bands in the scene, combining catchy pop punk, jangling indie guitars and excellent harmonies from all three members of the band
This is a fun little release that showcases four of the scenes hottest prospects. If you check out this split, you're guaranteed to want to check out more from all four of these bands.