With Slam Dunk coming up this weekend, we thought we'd introduce you to the bands rocking our stage this year.
These are the bands who are taking to the Rock Sound Breakout Stage this weekend! So without further ado, we present the Class Of 2018:
We could tell you that they’re one of the most vital rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet. We could tell you there’s no one else remotely like them out there. We could tell you they’re not going to stop until they’ve changed the world, or that their live show has to be seen to be believed. But instead we’ll just say: don’t miss Palaye Royale. Seriously.
Most bands go their whole careers without writing a song as great as ‘Coffee At Midnight’, but for Bonnie, Jonno and David, that - and their amazing ‘Sidewinder’ EP - is just the start. They’re one of the most unique bands around, pushing pop-punk into bold new terrain, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to their first Slam Dunk.
So, you know pop music? This is a bit like that, but better: vocalist / guitarist Carter Hardin and drummer Kortney Grinwis tearing up the genre rulebook and replacing it with some of the catchiest, weirdest anthems of recent times. They’ve toured with Waterparks and As It Is, and now they’re coming for Slam Dunk. Bring pancakes.
We already knew that this Manchester pop-punk crew were good, but even so, new album ‘Red Lights’ took everyone by surprise. Bigger, brighter and more infectious than anything they’d done before, it’s opened up a whole world of new possibilities: and those songs have to be heard live. See you down the front.
SLEEP ON IT
If A) feeling all the feelings B) singing at the top of your lungs and C) enjoying profound, deeply personal songwriting are among your interests, then you’ll want to catch these guys. State Champs’ Derek DiScanio has been on board from the start and, as last year’s ‘Overexposed’ underlined, the five-piece are going from strength to strength.
Meet one of the most exciting pop-punk bands we’ve heard in a long, long time. With an incredible amount of heart and choruses for days, 2017’s debut album ‘Adornment’ was a huge, welcome surprise - and we’re stoked to hear those songs up close and personal. FYI, you’ll want some tissues on hand in case they play ‘Forever Yours’.
Ever since their video for ‘White Lies’ set YouTube ablaze (it’s racked up well over 5 million views to date), there’s been no doubting Dream State’s huge potential: and now, the South Wales crew are more than making good on it. Think post-hardcore with passion, insightful lyrics and slamming riffs, and you’re pretty much there. Unmissable.
From their atmospheric and deeply immersive live performances to their DIY ethos, Cardiff’s brightest new hopes never take the conventional path. Expect boundary-pushing post-hardcore (hell, post-everything to be honest) aimed at both the head and the heart, and a set that’ll linger long in the memory.
This Perth four-piece have well and truly hit the ground running - collaborating with Josh Dun, Pete Wentz, John Feldmann and Mark Hoppus, before dropping a massive debut single in ‘Saints Of The Sinners’. If you’re a Panic! At The Disco or Fall Out Boy fan (so that’s pretty much all of us? cool) you need these guys in your life.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR (SLAM DUNK NORTH)
Taking out the competition to open the Rock Sound Breakout Stage at Slam Dunk North, the Leeds-based quartet's blend of pop-punk and emo is guaranteed to be a great start to your day.
CODENAME COLIN (SLAM DUNK SOUTH)
Opening the Rock Sound Breakout Stage at Slam Dunk South is Codename Colin. If ska-punk is a bit of your thing, you'll want to see this live and in person this Sunday.
AS DECEMBER FALLS (SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS)
Kicking off the festivities at Slam Dunk Midlands on Monday is the Nottingham-based As December Falls. With a sound that blends Tonight Alive, PVRIS and You Me At Six, these guys are set to start your day off right.