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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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POP PUNKS HOMEBOUND REVEAL NEW EP

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Surrey pop-punk quartet Homebound are pleased to announce their third EP, ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’, will be released via Rude Records (Set It Off, Blood Youth, Less Than Jake) on 10th February.

Discussing the choice of title, vocalist Charlie Boughton reveals, “It is based on the idea that from choosing to be in a band and to pursue music, it has shaped my morals, what I value in life, my personality, the decisions I make whether serious or trivial, literally anything and everything… and ultimately made me who I am today.”

Following the premiere of lead single ‘Headspace’ on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show back in October, the band have also released a video for the track, which can be viewed here.

Boughton says of its meaning: “It’s very much how it sounds. After any sort of relationship break up, depending on what side of it you are on, there’s always a period of turmoil in which you are battling with yourself and your tendency to overthink and replay scenarios in your head. I found writing the song to be somewhat therapeutic and an effective means in which to vent what I was feeling.”

The Farnham four-piece, completed by guitarists Tom Mellon and Chris Wheatley and Joe Aspell-Beaumont on bass duties, reflect on the current crop of pop punk bands similarly trying to make their mark and how they fit in, or rather, are happy not to: “There are a lot of bands doing the same thing these days and as it’s become more and more oversaturated, I find myself less and less inspired by it. I think every song on this EP offers something different. We’ll always appeal to the mainstay of pop punk fans but I’d like to think we’re so much more than that and hopefully people will see that with this release.”

And what can be expected of the EP? Boughton reveals: “It’s a more mature sound; definitely darker in areas. It’s a lot closer to where we want to be as a band musically.”

Recorded once again with Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, As It Is, WSTR), the band recall: “He was the obvious choice for us. We both work in a similar way and he knows exactly what kind of band we want be, which really helped us to get the best out of these songs. His production on this EP is his best to date and we couldn’t be more stoked on the outcome.”

Well-crafted throughout with bouncing melodies, driving drums, intricate guitar work and gritty lyrics, Homebound manage to deliver maturity, diversity and depth, whilst still retaining the fun that pop punk is known for.

Boughton concludes: “I think I speak on behalf of each of us when I say that the rest of the boys are some of the hardest working and driven people we know. Without sounding too cliché, there’s so much more to come from this band and we feel ‘TMYBYA’ is just the start of it.”

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HOMEBOUND RELEASE ‘THE MOUND YOU BUILD YOURSELF AROUND’ VIA RUDE RECORDS ON FEBRUARY 10TH. PRE-ORDER AT: http://smarturl.it/TMYBYAPhysical

PURCHASE THEIR SINGLE ‘HEADSPACE’ AT: http://smarturl.it/HeadspaceSingle

WATCH THE VIDEO TO ‘HEADSPACE’ AT: http://smarturl.it/HeadspaceVideo

FOLLOW HOMEBOUND ON SPOTIFY AT: http://smarturl.it/HomeboundSpotify

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/HomeboundPopPunk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/HomeboundUK