New Today Better Tomorrow EP Review
Swindon based trio Drag Me Down throw the pop punk rule book out the window with their latest EP: ‘New Today Better Tomorrow’. Coining themselves as ‘whatevercore’, a not quite pop-punk/hardcore subgenre that you’ll often see these guys defending on their socials. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take them seriously, though. After just one listen of New Today Better Tomorrow, you’ll see just why Drag Me Down are so right to not put themselves in a box. Packed full of lyrics of loss and hopeful rebellion, you’ll be hard pushed to not be an instant fan of Drag Me Down.
Trash Talk bursts onto the EP, dripping in nostalgia under the guise of a sort of easycore diss track. Arguably one of the most enjoyable tracks of New Today Better Tomorrow, Trash Talk is full to the brim with bounce, memorable lyrics and that unmistakable guitar tone. Following this we have debut single ‘Disappointed’, a track centred around not living up to other’s expectations of yourself. Incredibly tight production lends this track’s huge sound and highlights just what Drag Me Down are capable of musically. It’s rare for such a catchy and relentlessly energetic track to also hold up lyrically, but Disappointed manages it. “Life is what you make of it, I can’t slow down or ever quit”, Drag Me Down aren’t looking to slow down any time soon.
If you were waiting for the obligatory Blink-182 comparison in a pop-punk EP review: here it comes. Titular track New Today Better Tomorrow opens with a riff and drum fill that wouldn’t sound out of place on Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. Comparisons aside, New Today Better Tomorrow really highlights their ability to write a great song. Honest and open lyrics about being part of a rightly angry generation pair with great vocals, deafening drums, and effortless riffs. Oscar’s vocals soar intensely at the song’s climax “a new today with a better tomorrow”. Its so refreshing to hear music ‘for’ the younger generation, by a band living in it. If there’s one track you’ll want to return to, it’s going to be this one.
Final Disaster is another great song with another opening riff and drum fill reminiscent of old school pop-punk. Final Disaster is everything you could want from a ‘whatevercore’ track and is easily the catchiest of the four. Perfectly whiny vocals juxtapose a nice addition of screams that add just enough edge to the single.
It’s clear that Drag Me Down have honed their skills from prior releases, presenting us with four tracks they have poured their energy into. New Today Better Tomorrow is out now and awaiting your first listen, you will not be disappointed.
Words by Selina Payandee.