Published on February 2nd, 2014 | by Ben Adsett1
Austeros – Model Home
For the first time in twenty fourteen I am writing about an exciting band from Cheltenham. Austeros are a three-piece melodic punk band, they don’t play at 300 mph but they do have all the bitterness of any group of twenty something’s who have grown up on a maturing diet of punk rock.
From the off it’s clear that this band are inspired by some of my favourite records with small nods towards punks from both sides of the Atlantic and a DIY ethos. There are so many easy comparisons that can be made from the mature pop punk of The Lawrence Arms, Bangers and Men to the melodic indie punk of Cheap Girls, Failures Union and Hot Club De Paris.
This debut four track offers a solid representation of what man punk should sound like, gone are the days of long shorts, wallet chains and songs about girls and summer. This record offers some emotional insight with strong vocals and angular backing emphasising just the right amount of vocal fragility.
This is a release which is cleverly put together and despite offering maturity is still full of guitar lines and hooks you’ll find yourself humming later in the day. All in all this is a solid release and stands up perfectly with recent successful releases by Bangers, Gnarwolves and Great Cynics and in fact has a little bit of each of those bands in the sound so if you like any of them Austeros are the one for you.
I’m looking forward to hearing more soon!