Emnibis are a pop-punk/rock quartet from Surrey with influences drawn from the likes of Blink-182, All Time Low and Lower Than Atlantis. Guitarist/vocalist Casey Newman and bassist/vocalist Sam Cowlam have been playing together for eight years, and four years ago were joined by drummer Elliot Davis and guitarist/vocalist Matt Clark to form Emnibis for four years now. The band always write and produce their own tracks, but their latest single Home was produced with help from Lower Than Atlantis’ lead guitarist Ben Sansom.
Home is a fantastic single – it’s catchy from the absolute beginning and has been left in my head all day. Their influences are very prominent in the single, and has the perfect mix of both British and American pop-punk tones and is really well-written and produced, especially for a smaller band on the scene. The vocals could have more clarity, but even this criticism is not anything essential. Home is just generally a great, well-rounded song that makes a perfect, fun-loving pop-punk single. Emnibis are definitely a band to look out for, they have a massive deal of potential to do really well in the very near future and I’m really looking forward to what they will come out with next.
Emnibis are playing at The Hope and Ruin on the 27th August.
Honshu Wolf are a two-piece alternative rock outfit fresh off the Brighton scene consisting of vocalist and guitarist Riggs and also vocalist and bassist Steve Bareham (including current help on drums and live guitar from Marc Hepburn and Matt Jeffreys). For fans of PJ Harvey and early Mogwai, their debut single Charlemagne was released earlier this year.
Their first single, Charlemagne is a sturdy debut for the band; Riggs’ vocals are very strong and confident, perfect for the band’s genre. The song is packed with varying tones that build up slowly but steadily and fill with emotion as it progresses into an incredibly impassioned crescendo at the end, and it flows together wonderfully. However, my only issue with the song is inexplicably its length; at 6:30, it is very long, especially for a debut and I definitely believe it could be compressed to make the track even stronger and a cleaner, more refined sound would make this track stand out even more. Although, it could make for the perfect ending track to an album. However, this is a strong debut for Honshu Wolf and I’ll be looking forward to what they release next – which will be in the next couple of months. They are also continuing to play support slots around Brighton, so look out for them as I think they easily have the potential to be a great band to see live.
Check out Charlemagne here: https://youtu.be/l_cGQ8mFcg8