Genres: Pop, Punk, Rock
Based: London, UK
Release: One Last Chance EP (Self-Released/ March 10, 2017)
Tracks: Song For Charlie | 10th of July | Lost Boy’s Anthem | Crazy Little Princess | One Last Chance (Single/August 22)
Hear it: iTunes | Spotify
If you enjoy the retro vibes of the pop punk explosion in the late ninties and early to mid 2000’s, then Cuecliche is a slice of new music with a nostalgic twist. Or for those of you barely or not year born, this is a brand new band that encompasses the sound of the scene you missed out on.
Cuecliché kick off their EP with all guitars blazing on Song For Charlie. This is a loud start, with no holds barred, ‘life’s no competition’, yet this is a band who clearly loves what they do and take it very seriously. A strange paradox to listen to a modern bad who sound as if – musically speaking – they were born in the wrong era of music. Yet as pop punk may be on the ascent to another new wave, Cuecliché could lead the tide.
10th of July, Cuecliché’s debut single, named after the date in which they formed in 2016 best showcases the bands tight musicianship. Bassist-vocalist Terry and guitarist-lead vocalist Jake trade off vocals effortlessly. Drummer Keith provides tight drums and the band is locked in throughout. 10th of July shows a band who is self-assured and knows their capabilities enough to show off but not feel the need to prove anything. This track should go down a storm live.
‘Growing old is my nightmare’ is a nice nod to the Peter Pan syndrome is what Lost Boy’s Anthem is all about. Lost Boys Anthem’s vocal hooks and driving guitars give a nod to early Blink 182 and even New Found Glory. It encompasses the pop punk ethos, one of the most youth-centric music genres of modern times and this band play it perfectly.
Crazy Little Princess is a driving track which lyrically falls in line with less known gems such as Good Charlotte ‘Riot Girl’ and Sum 41’s ‘Crazy Amanda Bunkface’. The quality and staying power of a band can be found in the tracks which aren’t likesly to be singles. To borrow from Sum 41, this track shows Cuecliche’s debut is ‘All killer no filler’.
One Last Chance The title track of this EP and their current single, One Last Chance is one of the most dynamically diverse songs on this record. Smashing all the right boxes on the pop punk songwriting checklist. They build a sound that belies a three piece and should be proud of this whole release which show cases Cuecliché at their best and is a great indicator of things to come.
For a record that clocks in at less than twenty minutes, this a stellar debut which puts them above other bands starting out on the same platform. Cuecliché are a band who are making all the right moves to ascend in the pop punk game and could see the same assured rise as the likes of current genre leaders ROAM and Neck Deep. With relentless touring and an armful of stellar track, If Cuecliché keep on like this their future looks very bright indeed.