Today we’re stoked to bring you in its entirety for the first time ever, the latest EP from Perth pop punk outfit Homestate. Mixed and mastered by UK producer Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, As It Is, Roam) and fuelled by your favourite early 2000’s band, these guys are set to bring their fast high-energy riffs and all too relatable lyrics into summer and into the new year, paving the way for a rejuvenated take on pop punk.
With the official start of summer just days away, we couldn’t think of a better soundtrack to kick off epic summer days by the pool/beach, beer in hand, surrounded by your mates. We also got the lowdown on each track straight from the band themselves, and found out just what inspired Homestate’s latest release, which happens to be anything from love, heartbreak, traumatic life experiences and 90’s tv shows. Stream it exclusively below!
After a bad run of relationships, coming into something that’s finally good for you can be hard to adjust to. ‘Sunny Day’ is inspired by long nights spent awake and overthinking your every move. The song is about taking the time to be the right person for the sake of someone else, it’s pleading for the right person to wait for you because this time it’s real.
Dealing with the burden of our lives is a daunting task and quite often we can become discouraged by the lack of fruition in our day-to-day. Taking the time to get better and properly look after ourselves is so important, and sometimes that means you need space. Space to think, to clear your head, sometimes you just need some room to breathe.
‘Lifted’ is the recount of a toxic relationship. Giving your everything, planning your life around someone’s needs, only to then be let down and still expected to hold it together as a friend. The song is about how taxing a breakup can be when you invest so much into it. ‘Lifted’ is the realisation that you weren’t actually the problem and that you’re better off without them.
‘Sick Sad World’
‘Sick Sad World’ is inspired by the late 90’s animated series, Daria. If you don’t mind reminiscing with us, the series follows the misadventures of a brainy, sardonic character, Daria Morgendorffer, as she meanders her way through high school and teenage life. The song is partly a reflection of Daria’s misanthropic approach to relationships and whilst relatable and very understandable, similar mindsets can be preventative to our personal growth. ‘Sick Sad World’ is about putting in the effort to becoming a better, more worthy version of yourself for the sake of someone else, someone you love, and making that commitment to leaving your past and everything that might haunt you behind. When you want something bad enough, letting go isn’t really that big of a deal, it’s only going to empower us. Musically, ‘Sick Sad World’ is reminiscent of fast, early 2000’s pop punk with anthemic, sing-a-long choruses. For fans of The Wonder Years, State Champs, The Story So Far and Relient K.
A latecomer to the EP is the final track, ‘Happy.’ Reflecting on the experiences that ‘Lifted’ alludes to, ‘Happy’ is one final “fuck you” to past hurt and heartbreak. From frustration springs bitterness, and while bitterness isn’t healthy for anyone, sometimes it just feels good. Happy is the final page of a book being closed.
Homestate‘s Self-Titled EP is out tomorrow. Pre-order here.