I remember the first time I saw Richmond pop-punkers Hold Tight. I went to a house show here in Philly and they were playing with one of my favorite local hardcore bands Lighten Up (RIP). I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was completely blown away by their feel good pop-punk, and I picked up their debut Can’t Take This Away, and it was love at first listen. Two EPs and a split later, they recently released their second LP Blizzard Of 96.
While their past few EPs experimented with hardcore (which I love by the way), Blizzard Of 96 is a bit of a return to the pop-punk we heard on their debut. With 14 incredibly catchy anthems about growing up and moving on, Blizzard is a lot moodier than their past releases, yet so melodic this time around that it’s sure to bring on a fuck ton of sing-a-longs. Shit, I am writing this on a plane, and I really have to stop myself from shouting along and not creep out the people next to me.
If you like pop-punk, I highly recommend you check this one out. Hold Tight is easily one of my favorite pop-punk bands. Oh, and check out Call The Zoo by them, easily my favorite.