Hailing from the Isle of Man, UK pop punkers, This Year's Winner Is… recently released their single When In Rome off their EP, In At The Weekend.
Dubbed as having the "sound reminiscent of early You Me At Six" and "crunching guitar breakdowns that Four Year Strong would be proud of", When In Rome shows off just this.
The comparisons to You Me At Six prove to be quite astute. Lyrically, When In Rome could easily pass off as a track on Take Off Your Colours, YMAS’ debut album, albeit with a slightly heavier sound. If I didn’t know better, I could’ve sworn that it was Josh Franceshi himself singing. Perhaps it’s lead singer Elliot Kinrade’s style of dragging his lyrics out which is signature of Take Off Your Colours-Franceschi. When he’s not doing that, he’s softly growling the words, which again reminds me of Josh. It doesn’t help either that both frontmen have strong accents. Where Take Off Your Colours lacks, Darren Shields’ drumming is much more confident, all in all, brilliant.
When In Rome is an anthem guaranteed to get stuck in your head with an explosive tempo and heavy riffs. This is no doubt part of TYWI’s formula to achieve the “heavy” pop punk sound that is currently in demand with bands such as Set Your Goals and A Day To Remember. Given time and experience, This Year’s Winner Is… is bound to shine and definitely a band to look out for in the near future.
Check out their video for When In Rome below!