Have You Heard: Milestones

For fans of: Neck Deep, Seaway, Boston Manor, State Champs

In a world awash with new artists emerging everywhere it can be difficult for a band to prove they are one worth paying attention to. The pop punk genre is perhaps one of the most challenging in terms of creating a sound that resonates with the listener and stands out amongst all the noise. Pop punk is packed full of clichés like eating nothing but pizza and living in your favourite New Found Glory shirt which, to be honest, has sort of become half the joy behind it. However, it’s crucial for bands old and new to continue to be creative, provide variety and push some of those boundaries and Milestones seem set to do just that.

The quintet from Manchester first emerged a couple of years ago and quickly proved that hard work and dedication really does pay off when they were snapped up by Fearless Records earlier this year. The band released Equal Measures through their new label back in July which was gladly received by awaiting fans and also gained them some radio airplay on the Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter. Not bad for a debut EP, eh? One listen of this record and it is made perfectly clear that Milestones aren’t here to mess around. They have found the perfect balance between emotional and raw vocals from singer Matthew John Clarke whilst maintaining that strong pop punk vibe through the upbeat guitar and catchy choruses. Admittedly, there are some repeated elements, but Milestones have definitely proved their worth with their mature, forward-thinking songwriting techniques.

This is a band I for one will be keeping an eye on. The future is no doubt an exciting one for these five chaps and I can’t wait to see how their sound evolves and develops over the next few years. Milestones are out on the In Between tour with WSTR in November.

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