Hotly-tipped emo punks DOWNCAST ( ) reveal their new engulfing new single and video, Catharsis, on Friday 3rd April. The band have picked up widespread acclaim and are primed to make their mark. With all of this in mind, we asked the guys to give us their favourite tracks:

“Jeff (bass): Trash Boat – Strangers

From the light soft build of the intro riff into the crushing blow of the first verse, so many parts of this song inspire me every time I write. The chorus thrusts into a melodic sing-along frenzy, which is a key style we love to use in many of our songs.

Liam (vocals): Paramore – Last Hope

The first version of this song I heard was the ‘live from the MONUMENTOUR in Chicago, Illinois’ version, which I prefer to the studio version. The song depicts Hayley’s disappointment in herself for not meeting her own expectations. However, it also portrays the strength and bravery that it will take to keep pushing through the pain to get to where she wants to be.

The lyrical content of this song is enough to inspire anyone, but the atmosphere created by both the band and the crowd in the live version is phenomenal. I often think about how I would like to create a piece of art that could inspire people in the same way.

Liam: The Wonder Years – All My Friends Are In Bar Bands

This was the song that introduced me to The Wonder Years. The first line of this song ‘Jack says he loves the winter here ’cause these are days when everyone’s as miserable as him’, reminds me of the small village in South Wales that I grew up in. A lot of people tend to settle there and not see much of the world outside of it. I often wonder if they’re truly content with their lives or if growing all too comfortable with the slow-paced lifestyle has stripped them of any motivation to expand their horizons.

Dan Campbell’s writing style has always inspired me since. I love how his lyrics tell a clear story, rarely hiding behind metaphors, yet still manages to convey it in such a poetic and heart-wrenching way.

Liam: Trophy Eyes – Chlorine

This song is about suicide – something that is very difficult to speak about. I’ve always tried to be as honest as possible in my writing, but often, particularly in my early days of writing, I would find myself holding back and intentionally disguising the true meaning of my words.

At the time of this song being released, I had been touching on similar topics within my own writing, but I just hadn’t been able to convey them in the same powerful and melancholic way that John Floreani has in this song.

This song pushed, and continues to push, me to be as honest as possible in my songwriting.

Nick (drums): The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

When I first started playing in original bands in Bristol, I was listening to a lot of The Gaslight Anthem, and the first song I heard from them was ‘The ’59 Sound’. Brian Fallon’s voice brings back those memories, as well as the excitement, I felt when creating something original and hoping to one day play it live. I used to listen to them religiously and listening to them now still brings back those memories.

Ben (guitar): Sum 41 – Handle this

This was the first song I ever learned on guitar, and I feel as if although I didn’t realise it at the time, there are so many different layers in the song which I always keep in mind when I am writing now.”

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