Maypine are destined for great things. Their new release In The Back of my Mind is an impressive pop-punk EP that is deserving of all of the attention of any pop-punk fan. Developing from the outfit All That We Are into the mature band they have become, theirs is a story of development and outstanding improvement from the poorly recorded ATWA days.
The opening track and first single A Little Sooner sets the EP off on the right foot, on a slower but uplifting pop-punk track with clear heart and passion engraved into it. The band make it clear from the get-go that they’re not messing around, showing their prowess and talent straight away. This is guided directly into North/ South Divide, which is a larger-than-life swinging pop-punk gem, picking the EP up to be an upbeat and uplifting release with no hint of intention to let go of the attention of the listener. Inside Out swings in to show Maypine’s WSTR or Neck Deep-esque approach to pop-punk with open chords and a riff deep as a darkened chasm, with a slamming breakdown alongside.
The only gripe to be had with the release is the sudden stop that the acoustic track Never Far Apart that grinds the upbeat nature of the release to a halt, however this is easy to brush off as the track erupts into an emotional explosion, made huge by vocalist Jason Payne’s clear emotional attachment to the lyrical content about sorrowful loss, and pain breaks through in his larger-than-life vocals.
Closing on the huge Day after Day, Maypine show themselves to be masters of their genre in their short time of existence. The band are a force that will undoubtedly grow in the UK Pop Punk scene, and there is no doubt that they deserve any praise they get. This release is up there with the best Pop Punk of the year so far, and are absolutely worth your undivided attention.