Endwell, New York quintet Coasting On Potential describe their sound as “pop punk/metalcore.” So, are they a pop-punk band with hints of angsty metalcore or are they a metalcore band with pop-punk traits? Well, listening to their new five track EP, Onwards and Upwards, it would appear the New York outfit are more in the style of a pop-punk band who like the odd bout of brutal, chuggy breakdowns.

For the most part, Onwards and Upwards is full of bouncy, shiny pop-punk built around easy-to-digest hooks and lots of infectious energy. Songs like “Superiority Complex,” for example, where these New Yorkers pick elements from bands like Neck Deep and A Day To Remember and meld them together to create something that we’ve heard a million times before but still can’t help singing along to. Then, fuck me, out of nowhere comes a track like “What A Story, Mark” which will have most pop-punk fans shitting themselves. Brutal metalcore full of chuggy breakdowns is the order of the day as the band effortlessly switch it up sounding like a cross between Neck Deep and Aussie cranium smashers Feed Her To The Sharks.

Does it work? Well, we all know it can because there are bands out there like A Day To Remember who manage to get the balance between ear-shredding metal and sugary pop punk just right. However, in this instance, Coasting On Potential have nailed the pop-punk side of their sound but there is just something about the heavier aspect which doesn’t sit comfortably. It’s a pity because if both sides to COP’s personality were two different bands there would be no complaints. Put them together though and the end result, while only needing a little fine tuning, doesn’t quite gel.

Track Listing:

01. First And Foremost
02. Superiority Complex
03. What A Story, Mark
04. Onwards and Upwards
05. Don’t Remember Me When You’re Alone

Run Time: 22:37
Release Date: 11th December 2015

Check out the album ‘Onwards and Upwards’ here.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.