Sydney’s Bellwether crashed onto the scene earlier this year with their debut track ‘Shortsighted’ and now these kids are backing their infectious dose of pop punk with second single ‘Charade’. In fact, I’m going to be honest and say this one is the entire package when it comes to pop punk. Keeping it together with upbeat riffs and an undeniably melodic hook, the band’s mission here is clear — producing topnotch pop punk anthems that’s as memorable as some of the biggest tracks in the genre this year.
Produced by the legendary Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly), the song is inspired by one of the band’s favourite films, Scott Pilgrim VS. The World, with lead guitarist/lyricist Heath Joukadar mentioning:
“‘Charade’ is inspired by the character Knives Chau from the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie and comics. The song is told from her perspective, and is directed towards the titular Scott Pilgrim as she expresses her feelings towards him, having been dumped for Ramona Flowers.”
Really though, I’m kinda loving this tune a bit too much. The band’s fun and fresh-sounding style is the kind we need more of in the scene and I feel like ‘Charade’ just might be my favourite song of the week. It’s only single #2, but Bellwether are certainly becoming one of my favourite newcomers in Australian pop punk!
Words by Tamara May @citylightstam
Stream ‘Charade’ here