Birmingham pop punk quintet You Know The Drill have released their debut EP ‘Losing Streak’, via Scylla Records.
The title is derived from a lyric on their lead single, ‘Less Than You’, with vocalist Benji Yapp saying of the choice: “We felt it was a relevant title as it relates to the hard times in life that everyone goes through, where it just seems to be one bad thing after another.”
Lyrically, they describe the EP as “covering a few different topics: dealing with the pressure put upon yourself from parents and friends to do well with your life, getting past broken relationships and dealing with the loss of a loved one.”
But You Know The Drill aren’t all doom and gloom, the band – completed by Damo Darby on bass, Brad Potter on drums and guitarists Jim McCormack & Luke Astley – have a simple mantra: “if it isn’t fun then what’s the point?”.
Initially starting out as a hobby and having only previously released a few tracks they regard more as demos, Yapp declares: “We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously and feel that music is very often approached with a straight face, which is why we try to infuse as much fun and laughter into everything we do, whether it’s music videos, our live shows or even just hanging out with fans.”
‘Losing Streak’, however, sees the band stepping up their game, with Yapp stating: “We are essentially treating this as our first proper release as it is the music that has had the most hard work, effort and love put into it. We are crazy proud of it and every song on it is special to us in one-way or another.”
Recorded with Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios in Sheffield, the quintet enlisted a little help from their friends in the pop punk community, with Alex Adam of ROAM helping to refine the material; Grant Berry formerly of Me Vs. Hero on mastering duties, and Neck Deep’s Fil Thorpe-Evans lending his skills for the artwork.
However, it’s really the songs themselves that are the pop punk guests of honour at this genre summit, You Know The Drill batting for the rafters with their energy laden guitar and drum attack. With vocal hooks left, right and centre, particularly so on their big-room-ready choruses, YKTD will have everyone singing along in no time.
‘LOSING STREAK’ IS NOW AVAILABLE PHYSICALLY & DIGITALLY VIA SCYLLA RECORDS. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW AT: http://scyllarecords.myshopify.com/products/you-know-the-drill-losing-streak-cd-cassette
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘LESS THAN YOU’ NOW AT: www.youtube.com
YOU KNOW THE DRILL WILL BE PLAYING LIVE AT THE COURTYARD IN BIRMINGHAM ON THE 20TH NOVEMBER