You’ve heard of the Christmas number one, but how about the Christmas New Band of the Week? Well, our first Christmas New Band of the Week is London pop-punk meets alternative-rock quintet Two Year Break.
The five-piece first started out with school pals Charlie Barnard (guitar and vocals), George Lilley (drums) and Dan Wright (bass and vocals), who played in bands together. But they didn’t get serious about things until the addition of Tony Scibetta (guitar) in 2015 then Brad Howard taking on lead vocals at the start of this year.
As the band tell us: “Since Brad’s inclusion, we have all decided to take a leap and make this a serious thing and go for it!”
They’ve released five singles over the last couple of years, with this year’s offering Change My Mind, released in September and with Brad on board, seeing the band flourish with more than seven-times more streams on Spotify than any of their previous singles.
It opens up with a cool little guitar lick that drops into an energetic opening verse led by catchy fast-paced vocals “Please sit down and hear me out, I need you to listen to what I’m saying, Trust me I still have my doubts, So we’ll start at the top and we’ll get down to the bottom.”
A more singalong chorus follows, with guitars mimicking more catchy vocals, then the pace builds through a second chorus that again feeds into the fun chorus. A section of building vocals follows, then the pace drops right down before firing into a little guitar solo that tees up a final blast of the chorus. It’s fast, catchy and easy to love. Check it out in the video below:
On the track, the band tell us: “We have been absolutely blown away by the responses we have had so far from the single. For anyone who hasn’t heard it so far, you can expect a high energy, catchy song with a real party vibe! What you can expect from the video is four members of the band being stupid and in need of rescuing from Brad! To add to all of that, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to listen and/or watched our music video for the song, it means the absolute world to us!”
Two Year Break have honed an energetic and catchy sound that carries the emotional edge that all good pop-punk must do by law. As the band explain: “We class ourselves as a pop-punk/alternative rock band. We aim to write sing along catchy songs but create a level of integrity in our music and show a real deep insight into our lives as we will be able to share with you all next year when we release our EP.
“We believe the songs on this as a collective will show that whilst we can write catchy songs that will leave you singing along for weeks on end, we have the ability to connect with people on an emotional level!”
Unsurprisingly, they’ve been heavily influenced by the likes of Green Day, Blink 182 and All Time Low, but on that topic the band expand: “A Day To Remember stick out to us as a band who are very inspiring as they have consistently written the message of motivation of making it in their songs which gives us the belief that we can make it to where we want to be also.
“A more recent inspiration has been a melodic metal band from South Wales called Casey. Common themes that appear in their songs talk about singer Tom’s struggles with relationships, depression and illness and he takes you to a really deep place on a personal level. That is so brave and we appreciate that!”
It sounds catchy and tinged with emotion, and for Two Year Break it comes from the heart. As they tell us: “We are inspired by our experiences. We write songs about things that we really care about, things that have affected our lives on a personal level, whether we are directly involved or it is connected to us in some way. These include all of the things that many people can relate to whether it be heart break, depression, loss of loved ones and various other life events.
“The reason we all wanted to be in a band, was not only our passion to create music for others to enjoy and put to use our skills that we have laboriously crafted with regards to our respective instruments, but to also create music that allowed us as individuals and collectively, share our innermost deepest of experiences through good times and bad.”
The band has been in the studio recording their debut EP, which will be out next year alongside more videos and singles. Ahead of that, you can see the band live at the Camden Rocks All-Dayer on 19 January at The Monarch, Camden. More info on that and other gigs is here.