HOMEBOUND (from l-r): Tom Mellon (guitar), Charlie Boughton (vocals), Chris Wheatley (guitar), Joe Aspell-Beaumont (bass)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Homebound are a pop-punk four-piece from Surrey. With two well-received EPs, including recent release ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’, a positive live reputation and a growing fan base, the band are currently experiencing a rapid ascent up the hierarchy of the genre in Britain.
I spoke with vocalist Charlie Boughton about all this and more.
How did the band get together initially?
Myself, Tom and Chris had been playing in bands for years whilst at school. Our interest in the same music is what brought us together. However, after a bit of time away from any projects, we decided to get together and work on some music which later became Homebound. We soon met Joe at uni and he later joined.
How did the name Homebound come about?
There’s no meaningful reason behind the name at all. We’d just been throwing names around and this one happened to stick!
In your own words, how would you describe your sound?
Always a difficult one to answer! I think we try to describe it as pop-punk with post-hardcore kinda vibes? Whether or not it comes across like that, I don’t know, but that’s where a lot of our influences are drawn from.
What are the band’s influences then?
Apart from the obvious like Blink-182 and the older wave of pop-punk as well as new, I know that we look at bands like Paramore and Underoath as big influences when writing. We’re not trying to emulate their sound, but more so to take inspiration from. Hopefully, it reflects in the songs we write.
What is your approach to songwriting?
Primarily, Tom will be working on an idea which he’ll bring to us. The basis and structure of the song will be there, but we then all work on it and pitch in with our input.
Over the last few years, we’ve learnt how we all work best in writing and have learnt to play to our strengths, which I think made the process of our last EP really enjoyable.
The band’s EP ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ came out recently. How was the recording process?
We actually finished recording it last February, so it had been a whole year since we recorded it by the time the EP came out, so to say it was been a long time coming was an understatement!
We worked with Seb Barlow, who we worked with on our previous release too. He’s our go-to guy as he knows exactly what we’re after and gets how we work as a band. I’d go as far to say that the production on this EP has been his best to date.
How would you describe the sound of the EP?
Still fundamentally pop-punk but with a bit more of an edge. It’s darker in places and a lot more grittier but overall, it just sounds a lot bigger than anything we’ve done previously. I think every song offers something different, so I’d like to think that there’s something for everyone on this EP.
How is it playing live and touring?
Being able to play these songs live has felt great, most recently on tour with Four Year Strong. They all went down really well with the crowd and translated well into a live setting. We just wanna play as much as we can with this new setlist, having played our old songs to death!
What do you have planned for the near future?
More touring and more writing, this time for an album which will be a first for all of us. Now that we have an EP out that we’re all really proud of, we just wanna be out there playing it for people as much as we can for the rest of the year.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
To keep growing as a band, we have targets as a band of things we’d like to achieve like countries we’d like to play, festivals we’d like to play and things we’d like to achieve with our music. We’re realistic, but ultimately, we don’t set ourselves limits, the sky is the limit as they say!
HOMEBOUND’S RECENTLY RELEASED EP ‘THE MOULD YOU BUILD YOURSELF AROUND’ IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD FROM iTunes & SPOTIFY.