With the Punches are releasing a new single, "Harvard On the Hudson," on January 3rd, but we're going to have an exclusive stream of the song here on AP.net at noon on January 2nd. Holler! The band will release another single in February, which I won't say the name of, because I don't know if I'm supposed to.
"Harvard On the Hudson" is easily the best With the Punches track I've heard. In fact, it's good enough that I've gone back and revisited this band's first two EPs since hearing it. The song is your in your typical new-school pop-punk fashion; the drums are crazy fast-paced and the entire 3-minute track is aggressive. The vocals are blistering...sort of reminiscent of Matty Arsenault (A Loss for Words) at times, but I'm sure most people reading this already know what this band sounds like. This song shows me that With the Punches' cult following in the northeast could quickly turn into a much larger following.
The February single is a little change of pace - it features a real-life guitar solo and it's damn good - and what this song shows me is that Doghouse Records may have stumbled upon a band that's much more dynamic than we've seen so far. There is great potential in the differences between these two songs, where I could see this band releasing one of the more compelling LPs of 2012 in the spring. This band, in my mind, could become the new Set Your Goals or something. There is definitely a niche for them and The Story So Far to fill, and I can't think of two burgeoning bands who I'd rather see explode onto the community in 2012.
"Harvard On the Hudson" and the February single have made me pay more attention to this band than I ever have before, and now I won't be so surprised when their next full-length rules. Be sure to check out the stream on AP.net on January 2nd.