With comparisons of You Me At Six and Four Year Strong nicely sitting in their ear, Isle Of Man quintet This Years Winner Is release their new single When In Rome June 25th. With an energised and easily accessible pop punk flavoured sound, the single which is taken from their well received In At The Weekend EP, marks the band as one more likely to ignite the passions of the masses than many other similar fuelled emerging contemporaries.
Formed in 2008 and from Onchan in Mann, the five piece of vocalist Elliot Kinrade, guitarists Ben Wilde and Dario Leonetti, bassist Ashley Hogg, and Darren Shields on drums, have been thrilling a growing devoted fan base through their live shows and tours and as mentioned debut EP which was released on British record label Hang Tight Records. When In Rome is the next step in their to date sure rise and with its fresh and eager sounds should be a notable one.
With a big beat the song engages the ear immediately with strong vocals from Kinrade and smooth harmonics with other members alongside persuasive incisive riffs. Behind the infectious surface there is a great prowling and growling bass presence from Hogg which brings a welcome shadow to the song to help lift it away from similar sounding bands. There is an intense edge to the guitars too, their heavier riffing aggressive and combative without being intrusive. The band find a good blend between their obvious melodic skill and a more forceful energy, the mix making an expansive field for their songwriting to explore.
As good as the single is it actually offers greater promise for the band ahead than current realisation, but it is still satisfyingly solid, very pleasing, and many levels ahead of most other newly appearing pop punk bands right now. This Years Winner Is definitely is a band to keep a close eye on and as they find their true distinct breath should emerge as one of the most thrilling.