Appearing on You Know The Drill’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Losing Streak’, single ‘Less Than You’ gets the full pop punk treatment with a humorous new video. Featuring youtuber Mr. Lewzer and his mum, it can be seen here, with the band saying: “For the video we knew we wanted to go for something comical, so when our bassist came up with the idea of us all playing roles on all these different television shows, we knew it would fit the theme perfectly. For the role of the channel flicker, we were lucky enough to have Lewis Hancox AKA ‘Mr. Lewzer’ play the part. His involvement was fairly spontaneous as we knew we wanted to get him involved, but never really expected him to be so keen after we reached out to him. Luckily he is a big fan of pop punk!”. They also describe the meaning behind the track: “Lyrically, the song is about getting to a certain point where you aren’t sure what you’re doing with your life, which ultimately leaves you feeling left behind while everyone else around you progresses with their own.”
In the name of progress, the Birmingham Pop Punk Quintet release debut EP ‘Losing Streak’, on 28th October via Scylla Records. But You Know The Drill aren’t all ambition, the band – comprised of vocalist Benji Yapp, Damo Darby on Bass, Brad Potter on Drums and guitarists Jim McCormack & Luke Astley – have a simple mantra: “if it isn’t fun then what’s the point?”. Initially starting out as a hobby and having only previously released a few tracks they regard more as demos, Yapp declares: “We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously and feel that music is very often approached with a straight face, which is why we try to infuse as much fun and laughter into everything we do, whether it’s music videos, our live shows or even just hanging out with fans.” ‘Losing Streak’, however, sees the band stepping up their game, with Yapp stating: “We are essentially treating this as our first proper release as it is the music that has had the most hard work, effort and love put into it. We are crazy proud of it and every song on it is special to us in one-way or another.”
Recorded with Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios in Sheffield, the quintet enlisted a little help from their friends in the pop punk community, with Alex Adam of ROAM helping to refine the material; Grant Berry formerly of Me Vs. Hero on mastering duties, and Neck Deep’s Fil Thorpe-Evans lending his skills for the artwork. But, it’s really the songs themselves that are the pop punk guests of honour at this genre summit, You Know The Drill batting for the rafters with their energy laden guitar and drum attack. With vocal hooks left, right and centre, particularly so on their big-room-ready choruses, YKTD will have everyone singing along in no time.
‘Losing Streak’ Track Listing: 1. Peer Pressure | 2. Less Than You | 3. Heads Up | 4. 411 | 5. Repose
You Know The Drill release ‘Losing Streak’ physically & digitally on 28/10/16 via Scylla Records. Pre-orders available at: http://scyllarecords.myshopify.com/products/you-know-the-drill-losing-streak-cd-cassette
Watch ‘Less Than You’ now: https://youtu.be/75ookg4Jazk
See You Know The Drill Live: 20th November – Courtyard, Birmingham