Melodic punk band All Hope Remains, hailing from the Surf Coast, kicked off the year with the release of ‘Never Learn’ – the first single off their soon to be released EP ‘Hindsight’. Consisting of members from former local bands Driveby Epic and Lostboyfound, the four-piece play their own brand of fast melodic punk that hearkens back to the ’90s and early ’00s, which they’ve been working on perfecting for the past 12 months.
“We’ve been friends for a while, and we just really wanted to get back on stage and have a bit of fun and write some cool tunes with some cool riffs,” drummer Tony Maloney explains. “It’s just four mates hanging out together and having a really good time.”
With just one listen, you can see how the EP places All Hope Remains right at home amongst a bill of Epitaph or Fat Wreck Chords type bands. Consisting of seven tracks, the EP kicks off with opener ‘Sorrow Sustained’ which begins with cool octaves and high energy, before swiftly launching into the adrenaline pumping song. Speeding up the pace, All Hope Remains launch into high tempo track ‘Bleed Regret’, while ‘These Machines’ takes on a slower pace.
“It’s a good little seven songs,” Tony says. “It starts off very catchy at the start and then we go into a couple of fast songs, then a slow one in the middle. We really hit it off right at the end with another fast one – which is one of our favourites – ‘Worthless’, which will be our new music video that will hopefully be coming out soon.
“We are very keen,” he continues, referring to the release of the EP. “We’ve been recording since December and getting all those finer touches down to make sure it’s just right. From artwork through to everything on the recording and coming up with great ideas – it was such a good process and now we’re just excited to get it out and then we can start on some new material.”
Having spent the last months tracking their debut EP at a variety of studios (in Geelong, Werribee and Point Cook), the finalised product was mixed and mastered by Roman Koester (The Red Shore, Thy Art Is Murder).
“We really wanted to branch out and have different engineers inputs just to give us the feel that we wanted,” he explains. “We’re not trying to say that we’re trying to revive ’90s pop punk, but that’s what we’ve all grown up on and we wanted that feel to come through in our music.
“We went to one studio because we knew drums were recorded really well from a particular album at this studio, and then with vocals, Gilly (our vocalist) really wanted to work with Roman from Complex Studios, and then we thought we might as well record guitars at a different studio as well,” he smiles. “It really broadened our horizons on what the final product would be.”
With the complete product ready to be shared with the world, the band can’t wait to unleash their brand of fast melodic punk on an extremely healthy Aussie punk scene, with a run of support shows that will hold them in good stead for the rest of the year.
Release: ‘Hindsight’ is out on April 27 via Pivot City Music.
When & Where: The Workers Club, Geelong – April 20 & Black Hatt, Geelong – April 28.
Written by Talia Rinaldo