If any great, new, unsigned band of 2017 deserved a major label record deal, it was Remo Drive. The band recently announced they’d signed to the almighty, LA-based Epitaph Records (also home to the likes of Architects, Joyce Manor, Parkway Drive, Jamie T etc etc). The label have also re-issued the band’s self released debut record, Greatest Hits, which is available to buy on both CD and vinyl here.
(photo by Trevor Sweeney)
The announcement also came alongside the release of new single “Blue Ribbon“, which is set to be the opening track for upcoming EP, entitled “Pop Music” – out on March 9th. The track could pass as a b-side for Greatest Hits, as it shares that same relentless honesty and massive instrumentation that ran thick through the bands debut LP. The production values, have of course taken a giant leap for the better, yet still hasn’t taken away that authentic grit that made everyone love the band.
“Blue Ribbon” is a really catchy track (and quite possibly some of Remo’s most energetic work to date), riddled with intricate guitar work, fun melodies and the ever-amazing, heartfelt vocals from frontman Erik Paulson.
The three-track EP will feature two brand new songs and a presumed re-recording of golden oldie “Heartstrings“. The track listing is as follows:
- Blue Ribbon
- Song of the Summer
Originally inspired by “older kids who smoked weed and listened to Title Fight“, the band have transcended into much more than that and are well on the road to becoming the next big thing. I, personally, have been listening to this new track over and over, just like I did with Greatest Hits (which was easily my 2017 AOTY OIOI) and can’t wait to hear what else the band have in store. Be sure to keep yourself up to date with the band at the links below. “Pop Music” is available for vinyl pre-order NOW here.
Words by Ben Davies